A section of Howard Street in Belfast city centre has been sealed off by police as part of an investigation into an assault.
The scene is currently being preserved on the section of footpath close to the Washington Bar and specialist forensic investigators are carrying out an examination.
A PSNI spokeswoman said police are investigating a report of an assault on a man in the Howard Street area of Belfast on Tuesday, October 17, having received a report of the incident around 10.30pm.
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended the scene and conveyed the victim to hospital where he was still being treated on Wednesday morning.
Inspector Keith Hutchinson has appealled to anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact Police at Lisburn Road on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1569 17/10/17.
“Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111,” he said.