A MAN was hit in the face with a golf club after being asked for a cigarette.
The 57-year-old said he was approached by a man aged around 20 at the Ballygowan Road at 1.15am on Monday.
The attacker is described as being tall, of thin build, with short sandy hair. The victim said he was asked for a cigarette by the man before being struck on the side of the face with a golf club.
Anyone who witnessed the assault or who has any information is asked to contact police at Banbridge on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.