DETECTIVES in Downpatrick are appealing for witnesses to two related exchanges in the Newcastle area on Saturday 11 January.
A short time later at around 12.15pm an assault was reported in Mourne View Avenue.
It is understood four males approached a house in the area and assaulted the occupant. He sustained only minor injuries.
Detectives believe these incidents are linked and they would like to hear from witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation. Downpatrick CID can be contacted by calling 0845 600 8000.
Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.