Garvaghy road, scene where man was assaulted, 13 August 2017
Image caption The road was closed for examination but has now been reopened

Two men have been assaulted on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown, County Armagh.

They were attacked by a group who were carrying weapons at about 04:30 BST on Sunday. The two men received head injuries and are being treated in hospital.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police said that a burned-out car, believed to be related to the assault, was later found on the Drumnagoon Road.

A police cordon was in place on Sunday morning but has now been removed and the road has been reopened.

Image caption A burned-out car was found on the Drumnagoon Road

SDLP Councillor Declan McAlinden has condemned the attack

“Residents have woken up to the shocking news that two young lads were assaulted coming home from a night out.

“It appears to be a random attack, and it’s a worrying attack.

“The people in this community are a proud community, and they absolutely don’t want this kind of activity in the area,” he said.

Image caption It is understood that one man was taken to hospital

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