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Residents in shock after man is injured in Newry stabbing attack

By Nevin Farrell

A neighbourhood has been left in shock after a 27-year-old man was stabbed in an attack police are treating as attempted murder.

The victim was in a stable condition in hospital yesterday, where he was being treated for injuries suffered when he was stabbed in the chest in a house in Newry in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police said a 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the assault in the city's Carnagh Park.

Detectives are treating the stabbing as a domestic incident.

Officers were called to the scene shortly before 3am yesterday after receiving reports that a man had been found with serious stab injuries to his chest. A spokeswoman for Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry said the victim remained in a "stable" condition yesterday.

Police also discovered that the 57-year-old man they subsequently arrested had stab injuries to his legs, which are not thought to be life threatening.

Forensic experts yesterday examined the property in Carnagh Park, part of a housing estate in the Warrenpoint Road area and close to Down's premier GAA stadium, Pairc Esler.

The front of the property had been sealed off earlier in the day.

Neighbour Anastazija Murphy (56) said the area was usually very quiet and that everyone was praying the young man who was injured made a full recovery.

"I am shocked that this happened but I didn't hear anything last night.

"I hope the man will be okay," she added.

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, echoed those sentiments saying: "I hope the victim gets better."

There was no answer at the door when the Belfast Telegraph called at the end-of-terrace house, which has been at the centre of a forensic examination.

A full forensic team from the PSNI had earlier entered the house to carry out their inspection.

SDLP councillor Kevin McAteer was at the scene and told the Belfast Telegraph: "My thoughts are with this man who is injured in hospital. I'm in shock that this has happened and can't believe it.

"I think it is disgraceful that a man has been stabbed and is in hospital."

The councillor, who is also a youth worker in Newry, added: "This is not the image we want to relay to our children that a situation should be resolved by the use of a knife or a weapon.

"This is a quiet area with great people down here and a lot of young families.

"People are in shock because something has happened here that doesn't normally happen."

The councillor appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

SDLP councillor Frank Feely said: "I condemn this totally, this is unusual for Newry. It is usually very quiet in Newry."

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