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Two men are stabbed in west Belfast mass street brawl

By Lesley Houston

Published 08/10/2015

The scene of the mass brawl in west Belfast
The scene of the mass brawl in west Belfast

Two men have been stabbed during in west Belfast after a mass brawl broke out in the street.

The injured men are understood to be members of the Travelling community.

They were injured after a group of between 40 and 50 men began fighting near a funeral director's on the Falls Road just before 5pm yesterday.

Police said the two men stabbed in the street fight were treated in hospital.

The trouble is understood to have erupted during the funeral of a Traveller. The two men's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which they described as "serious public disorder".

Detective Sergeant Natalie McNally said last night: "Police received reports of a large group of men fighting near a funeral director's on the Falls Road at around 4.40pm this afternoon.

"The two injured men were taken to hospital to be treated for stab injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

"Our enquiries into this incident are ongoing," she added.

The police officer also said no arrests had been made following the incident.

She added: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident or who has any information which could assist our enquiries to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The police have appealed for witnesses.

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