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Sword attack in north Belfast leaves four men seriously injured after Woodvale street brawl

By Rebecca Black

Published 17/01/2016

Police attending the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive
Police attending the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive
Police attending the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive.
Police attending the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive.
Police attending the scene of the incident in Woodvale Drive on Sunday morning.

Two men are being questioned by police about a murder attempt involving a sword and machete in the Woodvale Drive area this morning.

Four men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following an altercation in the Woodvale Drive area of north Belfast.

The PSNI have arrested a 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The pair were immediately arrested after being released into police custody from the Royal Victoria Hospital in the city, where they were being treated for injuries.

They are suspected of involvement in an incident at a house in Woodvale Park. Police were called to the scene at about 7.30am on Sunday.

Four men were taken to hospital with cuts and other serious assault injuries as a result of the incident.

A sword and machete were believed to have been used in the attacks.

Police are investigating whether the incident was related to an earlier row.

North Belfast DUP MLA William Humprey spoke of his sadness at the incident.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the incident in Woodvale Drive this morning, in what is a quiet and settled residential area," he said.

"I am relieved to hear that none of the injuries sustained are considered serious or life-threatening.

"I would urge anyone having information relevant to what occurred to assist the PSNI with their investigation."

Superintendent Darrin Jones said police are working to establish the circumstances of what happened and has issued an appeal for information.

"At this stage police are working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact officers in Musgrave on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111," he said.

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