A young man has been taken to hospital after he was found lying unconscious on the street in the Ballykeel II area of Ballymena.
Residents in Ballykeel awoke on Thursday morning to discover an area cordoned off by police in the middle of the estate. It would appear that a box has been placed over an item at the roadside.
A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland stated:
"Police in Ballymena received a report of a collapsed male in the Orkney Drive area, in the early hours of Thursday 12th October.
"The report was received at around 3.45am, that a man, aged in his 20’s, had been found unconscious in the street and taken to hospital by ambulance staff.
"He currently remains in hospital in a serious condition."
Commenting on the early morning incident, a spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said:
"The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 3:30 on Thursday, 12 October following reports of an incident in the Shetland Gardens Area, Ballymena.
"NIAS despatched two emergency crews to the incident.
"Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken to Antrim AreaHospital by Ambulance."
The police spokesperson appealed for information, adding:
"Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and would ask anyone with any information or who may be able to help with police enquiries, to call them in Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 136 12/10/23."