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Police arrest suspects in burglary quiz after two women stabbed at home

By Laura Abernethy

Published 01/09/2015

Police at the scene in Cloona Manor, west Belfast, after two women were stabbed at a house in the area early yesterday
Police at the scene in Cloona Manor, west Belfast, after two women were stabbed at a house in the area early yesterday

A man and a woman have been arrested after two women were stabbed in their home in an area of west Belfast plagued by knife crime.

Just before 2am yesterday, the two women, one in her 30s and the other in her 50s, were attacked inside their house on Cloona Manor in Dunmurry.

The women were taken to hospital but their injuries were not life-threatening and they were released yesterday.

Police were called to the scene and they arrested a 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman at a nearby house in Cloona Manor.

The man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and inflicting grievous bodily harm and the woman was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Both were in custody last night helping police with their inquires.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann appealed for calm and said: "We would be concerned that this has happened in an area that has a number of families with young children.

"The potential to cause death and serious injury with knives is there.

"We're just glad to see that there weren't more serious injuries this time in this case.

"I would ask anyone with any information to go to the PSNI."

SDLP councillor for the Collin area, Brian Heading, said: "Cloona is usually a very quiet part of upper Dunmurry Lane.

"It's unusual for something like this to happen."

Mr Heading added: "It's worrying that this is the third incident involving knife crime in the area within about the last six months. There have been two deaths related to knife crime and now there's this incident."

In June, Eamonn Magee jnr (22), the son of former world boxing champion Eamonn Magee, died after he was stabbed as he went to check on a pizza delivery in the nearby Twinbrook area.

At the beginning of August, mum-of-three Jennifer Dornan was stabbed to death in her home at Lagmore, which is also in the Dunmurry area of west Belfast.

West Belfast SDLP MLA Alex Attwood said: "I completely condemn this vicious attack on two women in their own home.

"My thoughts are with them and their families and I wish them a full recovery.

"Anyone who sees anyone with a knife should report it to the police.

"Young people shouldn't be walking around housing estates with knives."

Sinn Fein councillor Stephen Magennis said: "This has to be condemned and anybody with any information should contact the PSNI.

"I wish a speedy recovery to the injured women."

Anyone with any information can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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