‘Boyfriend’ held after woman knifed outside medical centre
A woman has suffered multiple stab wounds after being attacked in broad daylight at a busy medical centre in what is believed to have been a domestic incident.
She was attacked inside the entrance of the Grove Wellbeing Centre on York Street in north Belfast just after 12pm yesterday.
A man, believed to be her boyfriend, was arrested a short time later on the Church Road in Holywood, Co Down.
He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.
It is believed the man attacked her as she left the medical centre.
She suffered multiple stab wounds to her arms, shoulder and back in the frenzied assault.
A man was spotted fleeing from the scene as employees from the centre chased him down the street, before he escaped in a car.
Police and paramedics rushed to the scene, where they attempted to stem the bleeding before taking the woman to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
She was last night in a stable condition.
Yesterday lunchtime the main entrance and foyer of the Grove Wellbeing Centre were cordoned off by police, with patrons being directed to a side door to attend appointments and classes.
The swimming pool and other facilities were running as normal.
Robin Jameson, who runs nearby hairdressers Hair by Robin, described how she saw the attacker make his getaway.
“I saw three guys chasing him down the road and he got into a car,” she said. “It was two men who work at the centre and one who must have just been in there.
“He got into his car and drove away and one of the guys kicked it.”
People in the area were shocked by the attack.
One woman who lives nearby said she noticed something was wrong when she heard the police sirens.
“I just saw the crowd standing outside and then there was police and an ambulance there,” she said.
“I thought someone must have collapsed.”
Another woman said it was “very scary” to think of something so serious happening “so close to home”.
DUP councillor Guy Spence condemned the stabbing.
“I’m shocked that it happened in such an environment, and I’ve spoken to witnesses and they’re stunned it happened in such a public area,” he said.
“The staff at the Grove Wellbeing Centre have to be commended in keeping it open because there are a lot of people dependent on that building for the doctors, the physio and the leisure facilities.”
North Belfast SDLP councillor Pat Convery wished the woman a speedy recovery and urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI.
Police confirmed they arrested a man on Church Road, Holywood, in connection with the incident.