Police appeal after driver is stabbed in neck and back
A lorry driver stabbed six times in the neck and back was last night in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
The victim, who is in his 60s, was delivering concrete when he was set upon just off the Springfield Road in west Belfast at around 6.40am yesterday.
The south Belfast man worked for building supply company RTU in Newtownabbey for 17 years before retiring, then returned to work occasional shifts.
Residents who were awoken by the man’s cries for help said they were shocked over the attack. SDLP councillor Tim Attwood described the stabbing as a “callous and horrific attack”.
“We don’t yet know the full circumstances, but it appears that a delivery driver was stabbed in the neck and back in the Colinward Street area of the city,” he added.
“This attack happened at a time when parents and children were preparing for the school day.
“To bring such aggressive and appalling violence onto our street like this is utterly wrong. The driver is currently in hospital and I wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
A bloodied shirt belonging to the victim was yesterday retrieved by forensics officers working along the nearby Lanark Way.
A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection with the assault. He was later released to medical care on police bail pending further inquiries.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about the attack to contact them on 101.