A man has suffered a seven-inch gash to the face and been kicked unconscious after being set upon while walking along Newry’s Canal Street.

The attack happened at about 2am on Saturday, when a silver five-door Volkswagen Golf pulled up alongside the victim at the Merchants Quay junction.

Two men got out of the vehicle – one of whom slashed the victim across the face.

When he fell to the ground, the assailants kicked him unconscious.

The victim also suffered a smaller slash wound to the upper arm, as well as cuts and bruises.

Detectives say they believe the area would have been busy at the time and are appealing for anyone who witnessed what they say was an unprovoked attack to contact them on 101.