Two men have been arrested after a serious assault on a 15-year-old boy in Ballymena at the weekend.
The teenager is in a critical condition after the attack which happened at about 0030 BST on Sunday in an alley near a car park at Garfield Place.
It is understood the teenager managed to stagger home before the extent of his injuries was known.
SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said that tension had been high in the town in recent weeks.
The teenager, who is being treated in Antrim Area Hospital, lives on a housing estate in the area. Police have appealed for information.