Sometime between 6.30am and 7.30am a man was assaulted by three unknown men who got out of a black car. His wallet was stolen.
Detectives would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Downpatrick on 0845 600 8000. Or, 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.
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has strongly condemned the recent assault and mugging of a man in Newcastle.
He said: “I wish to condemn in the strongest of terms the recent assault and mugging of a man along the Castlewellan Road in Newcastle in the early hours on Saturday morning.”
“I have no doubt this was a terrible ordeal and traumatic shock for the man who was targeted by three men who got out of a car and also stole the man’s wallet.”
“Thankfully muggings are not at all very common in Newcastle but nevertheless one mugging is one too many and is a very callous act carried out by mindless thugs. These men have to be caught and brought before the courts and removed from society.
Councillor Willie Clarke (Sinn Féin) also said: “Many in this quiet community have once again been left shocked by the occurrence of this type of incident and I know that people are quite angry about what they see as a further increase of crime in the town.
“Whilst a mugging may seem like a minor crime, it can have a profound impact on those affected by it and I want to extend my sympathy to the victim of this incident.
“Those responsible for what is again a cowardly attack should be condemned outright and I want to call on anyone with any information to bring it forward to the police as soon as possible.”