Police have arrested four men following a disturbance at a shopping centre in the Circular Road area of Newtownards on Friday, March 31.

Superintendent Johnston McDowell said: "Police received reports that a man had been assaulted by a number of masked men in the shopping centre around 3.30pm. It was also reported that they then left the area in a BMW vehicle.

"Within five minutes of receiving the initial report, officers were in pursuit and located the car and four occupants in the Kemp Stones Road area just after 3.35pm.

"Four men, aged in their twenties and thirties, were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including assault and public order offences.

"They remain in custody at this time assisting with enquiries.

"Anyone who was in the area at the time of this incident and saw anything, or who may have dashcam, CCTV or other footage, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1277 of 31/3/23.

"We are grateful to the members of the public who reported this incident to police. Community support is invaluable to the robust policing operation which we have implemented to conduct our investigations and deter further criminality.

"We will continue to maintain a presence in the area through high visibility patrols by our Neighbourhood and Local Policing Teams, along with the specialist expertise of our Armed Response units and Tactical Support Group officers.

"Rest assured that we will continue to provide regular updates to media; through our social media feeds; and through local elected representatives."