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Man (47) faces court over Belfast murder bid

By Michelle Weir

a 47-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a male suffered head injuries in an incident in east Belfast yesterday.

The 39-year-old victim was rushed to hospital with lacerations to his head sustained during the attack, at around 8.30am.

It is understood he had been drinking at a house in Lendrick Street during the night.

The victim sustained cuts to his hands during the assault. His injuries are not life-threatening, according to the PSNI.

The accused was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He is due before a court in Belfast today.

East Belfast Alliance councillor David Armitage said that the community had been left upset by this incident, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.

He added: "It is the first time I have heard of something like this in the area. I am shocked by this incident and I know many in the local community will be as well.

"I am thankful the victim did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries and hope he makes a full recovery.

"I would like to pass on my best wishes to the victim and his family."

DUP MLA Joanne Bunting added: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms any violent attack in east Belfast or elsewhere."

The PSNI said: "Officers forced entry to a property and detained a 47-year-old man who was then arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

"We would urge anyone who was in this part of the Newtownards Road between 8am and 8.30am this morning and saw any suspicious activity to get in contact with detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 446 of 26/11/17."

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