Three people have been treated in hospital for stab wounds following an attack in north Belfast.
It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning at Rosemount Gardens in Skegoneill.
According to police, several people who had suffered stab injuries were given first aid by officers at the scene after the PSNI received a report of a disturbance at a house in the area shortly before 2am.
Two men and a woman were rushed to hospital by ambulance for further treatment.
It’s understood their injuries were not life-threatening and they have since been released from hospital.
Shortly after the attack police arrested three men. Last night the men — aged 24, 26 and 28 — remained in custody where police said they were assisting officers with their inquiries.
Police said a motive behind the attack has yet to be established.
North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness said the incident was “very disturbing”.
“It doesn’t chime with the festive season and obviously it is a very disturbing thing to have at this or at any time of the year,” he said.
“I also think it’s something that will frighten people in the community at large.”
The SDLP man called on anyone with information to contact police.
“Attacks like this are not that common in north Belfast — of course there are stabbings — but it is not something that has been noticeable,” he said.
“I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward and speak to police.”
The attack is the second stabbing to take place in the city in the space of a week.
Last Saturday, a 27-year-old man was attacked when a gang of men armed with hammers and knives entered a house in Boundary Way off the Shankill Road shortly before 8pm on December 22.
After what police say was an altercation in the street, the victim suffered a stab wound to his stomach.
He was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
A 29-year-old man arrested following the attack has since been released unconditionally by police investigating the incident.