Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was seriously assaulted and struck by a car “deliberately driven up onto the footpath” in Armoy.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “The 48 year old victim was set upon outside a pub on Main Street shortly after 1am this morning, Sunday 18 August.
“A car was then deliberately driven up onto the footpath, striking the injured male.
“It’s understood a number of bystanders were also assaulted by the four suspects before they fled the area in the vehicle.
“The car was subsequently located on the Coolkeeran Road at around 2.20am. Police searched the area and the males were found hiding in nearby gardens and were arrested.”
Detective Sergeant Wallace said: “This was a vicious and violent attack and the victim has been left with some serious injuries, including some to his head and face.
“I am appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have captured footage, whether on dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone, to get in touch with us by calling 101, quoting reference 115 18/08/19.”
An ambulance spokesman said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 1:14am on Sunday 18 August following reports of an incident involving a car and a pedestrian.
“NIAS despatched one emergency crew to the scene.
“Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one male patient was transferred by ambulance to Causeway Hospital.”
DUP MLA for North Antrim Mervyn Storey said: “The people of the village of Armoy totally and absolutely condemn what happened here and our thoughts are with those who were attacked.”