Good Samaritan in his 80s among six people hurt in stabbing horror
A man in his 80s who has been described as a "caring neighbour" and "Good Samaritan" is among six people injured in a horror stabbing incident.
The multiple knife woundings happened in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of north Belfast.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a "frenzied attack" at two neighbouring homes in Ballyduff Gardens, close to the Ballyduff Brae area of Newtownabbey, at around 4pm yesterday.
John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "There were two people seriously enough injured for our crews to ask that the medical people be waiting for them on arrival (at hospital).
"There are stab injuries all over different parts of their body, including the chest, back and groin, so it looks like some kind of frenzied attack."
Three men and three women were then taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.
Last night one woman was in theatre at the RVH undergoing surgery.
A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said two other patients admitted to the Royal had been discharged and three others were described as being stable.
A PSNI spokesman said: "An investigation into the circumstances is under way but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage."
The owner of one of the properties, named locally as Sammy Gaynor, is one of the three people in hospital described as being in a stable condition.
The pensioner has been described as a "caring neighbour", a "Good Samaritan" and a "local hero in the community" for his frequent good deeds.
Residents of the street told the Belfast Telegraph they "felt sick" after seeing two people being stretchered out of his home and two out of the adjoining property.
One neighbour said: "I think Sammy went in to help. He's that sort of person.
"Seemingly one of the girls came out of the house with a wee child screaming and Sammy came out.
"You can get over the back wall at the back of the houses too, so it's hard to know what way it happened.
"A neighbour said she saw the police putting a knife in the back of their car."
Another shocked neighbour said: "Sammy is amazing. He is the nicest person you will ever meet in your life.
"When we moved in he was over offering to help. I can't believe this has happened here."
Ulster Unionist mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Fraser Agnew, who also lives in the area, said he understood the man thought to be responsible for the attack had substance abuse problems.
"It is a quiet area of Ballyduff," he added.
"There is a lot of elderly people living there.
"People are dumbfounded. It has caused alarm and disquiet. Nothing like this happens here.
"We don't want to see anything like this happening at any time of the year, but it's particularly traumatic for everybody at this time of year."