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Two held after Belfast man struck on head with hatchet

By Victoria Leonard

North Belfast residents have been encouraged "not to take the law into their own hands" after two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a hatchet attack on another man yesterday morning.

The attack occurred at around 1.15am on Sunday morning, when the 34-year-old victim was assaulted and struck on the head with a hatchet in the Glenrosa Link area.

The man was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition at present.

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: "The arrested individuals, both aged 26, were detained by police a short time after the attack. They are being interviewed at Musgrave police station."

Independent Castle Alderman Patrick Convery slammed the early morning attack as "totally unacceptable".

"There is nothing within our society that warrants such attacks, it is totally unacceptable that such attacks are still continuing within our community," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Anyone with information should report this to the police - the only way to deal with such threats or attacks is through the courts or police.

"No doubt it will have raised concerns within the local communities, however, I would urge people to come together and talk to the police and ensure that this type of attack does not continue.

"No-one should take the law into their own hands.

"We have a police force and courts and those are the mechanisms which should be used."

UUP Castle councillor David Browne said he felt that police patrols in the area needed to be stepped up to act as a deterrent to criminal behaviour.

"This is an unbelievably frightening attack and whoever is responsible needs to be brought to justice," he said.

"They shouldn't be bringing this sort of violence to our streets.

"This was a brutal attack and we don't want the community to be in fear of such incidents.

People who resort to that sort of 'justice' for whatever reason need to be taken off our streets. They need to respect the rule of law.

"I think that the police need more resources out on the beat in north Belfast - there needs to be more visible policing.

"Nothing puts people off doing things like that more than seeing a policeman in the street.

"I understand that police stations are closing down, but it's a visual reassurance for those who live there."

Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101, quoting reference 100 of 25/06/17.

Alternatively, information about this crime can also be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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