Northern Ireland

Toomebridge: Man critically ill after Hillhead Road attack

Image caption Police have cordoned off the road close to Toomebridge

A man is critically ill in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital after he was assaulted early on Sunday morning.

Police closed the Hillhead Road in Toomebridge, County Londonderry, close to its junction with the Blackpark Road as an investigation into the attack got under way.

The man was taken to Antrim Area Hospital suffering from a head injury and was later transferred to intensive care at the RVH. A spokeswoman for the Belfast Trust said his condition was "critical".

Police said diversions were in place in Toomebridge and motorists are advised to use the Aughrim Road and Annaghmore Road.