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Pair arrested after sword and machete used in violent Belfast attack

By Nevin Farrell

Published 18/01/2016

Police at the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive
Police at the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive

Two men have been questioned by police after a violent disturbance involving a samurai sword and machete rocked a Belfast street yesterday morning.

Detectives are investigating a murder bid after a brawl at Woodvale Drive in the north of the city which left four people with stab wounds and others with serious injuries.

Police were alerted at around 7am on Sunday.

Residents were horrified and said it was fortunate no one was killed. Householders had woken up to the sound of screams coming from the street.

Forensic officers were in the street yesterday, where they examined the damage to a house. Blood could still be seen on the front of the house and windows were shattered.

Alfie McCrory from the Twaddell & Woodvale Residents Association said: "We could have been talking about a fatality.

"This is a very quiet area and we don't want this sort of incident in our area.

"I have been speaking to people in the area and when they came out there was pandemonium in the street and police all over the place.

People were being arrested so it was a very frightening experience for people living in the street," he told UTV Live.

Sources claimed weapons including a samurai sword and machete were produced.

The PSNI arrested a 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. The pair were arrested after being released into police custody from the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where they were being treated for injuries.

North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of this incident.

"I would urge anyone who has information which may be relevant to what occurred to assist the PSNI with their ongoing investigation."

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