Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with murder bid after knife attack

By Chris McCullough

A 27-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Antrim on Saturday morning.

Police were called to Rathmore Gardens in the town around 6.45am where they found a man with stab wounds.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries. Three people, including a 27-year-old man and two women aged 19 and 31, were subsequently arrested.

Detectives later charged the man with attempted murder, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

The two women have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Antrim SDLP councillor Thomas Burns said: "Knife crime is very frightening and it seems to be increasing all the time.

"People feel very uncomfortable with this and are demanding action to curb it."

DUP councillor John Smyth praised the police response to the stabbing.

He said: "We have just seen how tragic knife crime can be with the horrific murder of two elderly people in Portadown. We certainly don't want to see a repeat of that in Antrim or anywhere else.

"I am glad to see the police acted so quickly in this case."

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