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Knives used in two separate attacks

Local politicians have united in urging witnesses to contact police, following two separate knife attacks in the Holy Land area of south Belfast last weekend.

The most serious took place on Friday evening in Agincourt Avenue when three teenagers suffered stab wounds to the head and body.

Two of them were treated in hospital for their injuries which were not life-threatening.

The incident happened shortly before 7pm when two men, armed with a knife and a baton, entered the house.

The thieves made off with a small sum of money.

Two female teenagers who were also in the house were shocked but uninjured.

One of the attackers is described as five feet eight inches tall, of heavy build, aged in his forties and wearing a black woollen hat and dark clothing.

A second male, of a similar height, is aged around 30 and was wearing a blue ‘windcheater', a black woollen hat and dark trousers.

The second incident happened just before 11pm on Sunday when two females were confronted by a man, armed with a knife, after they got out of a car in Damascus Street.

He demanded cash before making off on foot towards Rugby Road.

The robber is described as in his mid twenties, five feet nine inches tall of medium build and with a shaved head. He was wearing a cream coat and had a scarf across his face.

Local MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell and MLAs Anna Lo and Conall McDevitt have urged anyone with information to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

Said Dr McDonnell: “It is essential that anyone with information about these incidents contact the PSNI immediately, so that the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice.”

Belfast Telegraph