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Witness appeal to eight assaults!

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a series of assaults in and around the Lurgan and Craigavon areas in recent weeks.

The PSNI said no less than eight assaults had taken place, with five of those actually related to incidents of domestic violence.

A 47-year-old man was assaulted in the Meadowbrook area on January 28 and he is understood to have sustained injuries to his hand and head. A 47-year-old man was also arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

There was also an assault on a man in Dill Avenue at around 1.30am on February 3. A 39-year-old man was arrested and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

And in a third incident a man and woman were assaulted in Gilpins Mews, Lurgan, at 9.50pm on the same date. On that occasion a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged and is now due to appear before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on February 27.

Lurgan police are also investigating an incident on the Portadown Road, when a man was found lying on the ground behind his vehicle. According to police, at around 5pm on Tuesday, January 29 a man was found close to Supervalu, lying behind his blue Volkswagen Caddy van. He had sustained a head wound.

Police said they are uncertain as to what happened, as the man does now know  how he sustained his injury. At this stage, therefore, police do not know if it was an assault.

But officers are probing an incident in Alexandra Crescent, Lurgan, when a 20-year-old man was assaulted by two other men.

Police said the man was assaulted on Tuesday, January 22, between 2.30pm and 3pm, close to the Lurgan campus of Craigavon Senior High School. He sustained bruising to his face. They are particularly keen to hear from a motorist who may have stopped to assist the man.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed any of the assaults to contact them in Lurgan. The number to call is 0845 600 8000.

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