A man aged in his 50s is being treated in hospital for a serious head injury after he was assaulted in Castledawson yesterday.
The incident occurred in the Moyola Avenue area of the Co Londonderry village shortly before 3:30pm.
Detective Sergeant Robinson said: "We received a report at 3:25pm that a man, aged in his 50s, had been assaulted in the Moyola Avenue area.
"The NI Ambulance Service and police attended the scene and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious head injury where he remains this afternoon."
Moyola UUP councillor Derek McKinney said he knows the man who was assaulted.
“I have spoken to a number of people in the local area and they are shocked that this has happened in Castledawson,” he told the News Letter.
“Nobody seems to know exactly what happened, but I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police.
“I believe the victim is in the Royal Victoria Hospital with a serious head injury and I would like to wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
DS Robinson added: "I want to appeal to anyone who was in the Moyola Avenue area yesterday afternoon and who witnessed the incident, or anyone who has information about this to contact detectives in Cookstown on the non emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1329 of 29/06/19."
Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.