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Arrest on suspicion of attempted murder after man stabbed in Downpatrick

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident in Downpatrick.

The incident happened in the Ardilea Park area at some time between 3.30am and 4am on Sunday morning.

Just after 4am police were called to a property in the Killough Road area of the town.

A 22-year-old was found with serious stab wounds to his side and back.

He was taken to hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for treatment to injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

The 21-year-old man remains in police custody and is helping police with their inquiries.

Detective Sergeant Peter Stewart said: “We believe a knife may have been discarded after the assault and  would ask the public in the Killough Road area to be vigilant and report any suspicious items they see to police immediately.

“We are also appealing to anyone who was in area between 3.30am and 4am and witnessed the incident, or who may have information that could help our investigation, to contact detectives at Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 401 of 10/12/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath condemned the incident, and called for anyone with information to come forward to the PSNI.

"We must remove the culture of knife and stabbing incidents," he said.

"In this case a young man was stabbed after an altercation between him and another young man near to the Killough Road in Downpatrick

"This type of violent incident is not acceptable and I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately."

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