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Youth (15) is held after boy of 14 is stabbed in Enniskillen

By Amanda Ferguson

A teenage boy is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed twice in the stomach during a "cowardly attack" in Enniskillen.

Police said the 14-year-old victim was with another youth at the Round O quay in Brooke Park shortly before midnight on Sunday.

They were approached by a male not known to them, who stabbed the boy.

Yesterday afternoon a 15-year-old boy was arrested by detectives investigating the attack.

He was last night assisting police with their inquiries.

The stabbed teen is being treated at South West Acute Hospital in Co Fermanagh for the injuries he sustained.

Last night a spokesman for the Western Health and Social Care described the boy's condition as "stable".

He is expected to be discharged from hospital today. A PSNI detective sergeant said: "Shortly before midnight on Sunday it was reported that two youths were approached by an unknown male in the area.

"It is believed the male stabbed one of the youths twice in the abdomen.

"The youth was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

"The male youth who was arrested in the Enniskillen area remains in police custody."

Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott condemned the shocking weekend attack in the popular tourist area, branding it cowardly.

He also urged anyone with information to contact the police.

"It is a disturbing turn of events, that such attacks are taking place in public parks," Mr Elliott said.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have information about this attack to contact the police, so the perpetrator can be brought to justice."

Mr Elliott also said he hoped the victim recovered swiftly and spoke of his disappointment that the town had to endure such "cowardly attacks".

"My thoughts are with the young boy who was attacked, and I wish him a speedy recovery," Mr Elliott said. "The people of Enniskillen should not have to deal with cowardly attacks like this."

Police would like anyone with information about the stabbing to contact Enniskillen station on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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