Three men arrested in connection with incidents in the Broughshane Street and Warden Street areas of Ballymena have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Police received a number of reports of an assault and criminal damage in Ballymena town centre in the early hours of Monday 26 November.
In a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’, Inspector Rory Bradley said: “Police received a report at around 12.30am that two males had been assaulted in the Broughshane Street area of the town by a number of other men. It is believed that at least one of the attackers was carrying a hammer or hatchet.
“Within the next 45 minutes we also received reports that three cars, parked in the Warden Street area of the town had had their windows smashed – and that the front door of a property in the Tower Court area had also been damaged.
“When officers attended, they found one man with an injured ankle and another with part of his ear missing. The second man was taken to hospital by NIAS (Northern Ireland Ambulance Service) for treatment.
“Two men, who are both aged 20 and a third man aged 21 were all arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and criminal damage.
“Anyone who saw what happened or has any information about the incident should contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 17 of 26/11/18.”
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.