A teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after an alleged attack by a gang armed with some kind of club or bat in Omagh.
The 18-year-old was walking along Hospital Road, close to the tennis courts, at about 3am on Saturday when a number of males were said to have got out of a black car and carried out the assault.
The victim suffered injuries to his head and body as a result.
UUP councillor Chris Smyth told UTV it was an awful incident which would cause concern in the local community and that he hoped the young man would make a full recovery.
“There are people who have out their heart and soul into trying to make the night-time economy in Omagh a little bit safer,” he added.
“I was actually passing that site – I hear it was about three o’clock the attack happened and I walked passed at about half-two – and it never even crossed my mind that someone could get out of a car with a bat.”
Another 18-year-old was arrested a short time later on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, but has since been released unconditionally.
PSNI Detective Inspector Brian Foster is appealing for anyone who was in the area and witnessed the assault or a black coloured car to contact police in Omagh on the 101 number.
Anyone with information can also pass it anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.