An 18-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after what has been described as a “horrific attack” in Co Tyrone.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the assault which happened in the Hospital Road area of Omagh around 3am on Saturday morning.
It is reported that the victim was walking close to the tennis courts when a number of males got out of a black coloured car and assaulted him with some type of club or bat.
He sustained a number of injuries to his head and body
An 18-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent but has now been released unconditionally.
Ross Hussey, Ulster Unionist MLA for West Tyrone, said: “This was a horrific and cowardly attack. It was pure thuggery at its lowest level and now a young man and his family are going through hell because of it. It is disgusting and nothing can justify it.
“My thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family and I urge anyone who has any information to contact the police on 101, Crimestoppers or by calling into a police station. If these thugs strike again they could kill someone.”
Anyone who witnessed the assault should contact police in Omagh on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.