Lurgan 'community in shock' after two weekend stabbings
SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly has said that the Lurgan community is in shock after two weekend stabbings left their victims in critical condition.
On Friday night a 15-year-old girl was taken to hospital and required life-saving surgery after being stabbed in the neck by a 14-year-old girl in the Deans Walk area.
The 14-year-old has been charged with grievous bodily harm.
Mrs Kelly said that there had also been other stabbing incidents in the area.
The Policing Board member said that the issue of knife crime had previously been raised with Chief Constable George Hamilton.
"This serious escalation in knife crimes in the area is a cause for real concern and I know that people here are afraid," the Upper Bann MLA said.
“I would appeal to everyone in the area to remain calm. We need to avoid a spiral of violent crime that makes this situation worse."
Mrs Kelly said she would continue to raise the issue of knife crime before it gets out of control.
“There is no excuse for carrying a knife or blade in public. Not only is it a criminal offence, it increases the carrier’s risk of becoming the victim of knife crime," she said.
“I have previously raised this issue with senior police officers and will continue to raise it through the policing board."
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