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A CCTV still taken of Anthony McMahon before to assault took place. PSNI

Police seek witnesses for 'breathtakingly violent' assault which left a man unrecognisable

Anthony McMahon (59) was found unconscious and barely breathing in a pool of blood on Tuesday.

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in a “breathtakingly violent” assault earlier this week.

Anthony McMahon (59) was found unconscious and barely breathing in a pool of blood in a car park on Longwood Road, Newtownabbey in Antrim at 10.40pm on Tuesday night.

He had been savagely beaten and had sustained severe head and facial injuries.

Detective inspector Chris Millar said that McMahon’s injuries were very serious.

“The injuries sustained by Mr McMahon are such that he was left unrecognisable to even his closest family members and will now have to undergo reconstructive surgery,” Millar said.

 His injuries are much more than ‘serious’, they are life changing.

The PSNI said they were appealing for the assistance of the public in tracking down whoever carried out the attack.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the Longwood Road area on Tuesday night. Whether you were just passing through, visiting the retail park or were there for any other reason, you may be able to help us,” Millar said.

McMahon was described as a “well-known and well liked individual in the local area”.

“I cannot stress enough just how breathtakingly violent and wicked this assault was,” Millar said.

People in Northern Ireland with information on the assault are asked to contact 101,  quoting reference number 1360 15/08/17.

Information can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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