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Belfast violence levels 'deeply concerning' as police open murder probe

A DUP councillor has said the level of violence in Belfast this year has been "unbelievable" after a man was killed on Friday morning.

Two men have been arrested after the murder in Kyle Street in the east of the city.

DUP councillor George Dorrian said there was speculation the man had been stabbed after an "altercation" in the area.

He said the latest violence was concerning after three murders in the greater east Belfast area this year and a stabbing last weekend.

"It's worrying, you're seeing a level of violence that's just unbelievable. It's just shocking," Councillor Dorrian said.

"It's not clear what the background to the incident was, the police were quick to arrest two people which is welcome.

Councillor Dorrian said that the DUP would be liaising with police on domestic violence and knife crime following recent incidents.

"One of things we'd be looking to do is to meet with the police to find out what practical steps can be taken to challenge this type of activity," he said.

"You've seen three murder potentially using knives and one attempted within the last five weeks or so, this is a growing concern.

"It looks like it is a growing problem here, certainly among young people knives are almost becoming acceptable."

Police and forensics at the scene in Kyle Street, east Belfast, after a man died in a house in the street early on Friday morning. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident and police have launched a murder investigation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Murder. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire
Police and forensics at the scene in Kyle Street, east Belfast, after a man died in a house in the street early on Friday morning. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident and police have launched a murder investigation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Murder. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire
Police and forensics at the scene in Kyle Street, east Belfast, after a man died in a house in the street early on Friday morning. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident and police have launched a murder investigation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday March 15, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Murder. Photo credit should read: David Young/PA Wire

PUP Councillor Dr John Kyle said that a young man had been killed in "yet another tragedy".

“The levels of violence and loss of life in East Belfast are deeply concerning. The increasing use of knives is alarming," Dr Kyle said.

"Police, politicians, community leaders and statutory agencies need to recognise their responsibilities and work together to urgently address these issues.”

 

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