Police investigating a shocking attack in Banbridge say they now believe a man had his throat cut with a razor blade.

It was initially reported that the victim, aged in his 40s, was slashed with a Stanley knife in the incident in the early hours of Sunday.

Amid a fresh appeal for information, detectives revealed that the man “was cut, right across his throat, with what we now believe was a razor blade”.

It’s a reckless, brutal and shocking attack, which has no place whatsoever in our society.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Wilson

It happened in the Scarva Street area between 2.30am and 2.45am on Sunday.

Initial reports suggested the victim was attacked when going to the assistance of another man, who was lying on the ground.

He was said to have been left badly shaken by the ordeal.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Wilson said: “This was a vicious attack - it is believed more than one young male was involved.

“The man attended hospital and received stitches to his wound and, while his condition is not believed to be life-threatening, we could of course have been looking at a very different picture.”

DS Wilson added: “We now believe there were two girls in the area at that time, as well as several young males.

“Their information could be invaluable to this investigation and we are particularly keen to hear from them. Please contact us on 101.”

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.