Northern Ireland

North Belfast: Four men attacked on Antrim Road

Detectives at the scene of the assault
Image caption The Antrim Road was closed for a number of hours during the police operation on Sunday

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted along with three other men in north Belfast at the weekend.

The attack happened on the Antrim Road at about 04:50 GMT on Sunday.

Two men, aged 31 and 23, have been arrested. A flat, off the Antrim Road, was searched by police.

The critically injured man, who is 24, was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital. It is thought he has head injuries.

The other three men did not need hospital treatment.

SDLP councillor Patrick Convery said people in the area were shocked by what had happened.

"If people have differences and if they have concerns about anybody else they should report it to the police," he said.

"Nobody should take the law into their own hands."

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little said: "Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact us in CID in Antrim Road Police Station on 0845 600 8000."

The Antrim Road was closed between Willowbank Gardens and Hopefield Avenue but has now reopened.

Image caption Forensic officers carried out a detailed search of the area