Belfast Telegraph

Man held following triple stabbing in Belfast house

By Laura Abernethy

Police have arrested a man after three people were stabbed in an attack in north Belfast.

The men were knifed in a house on the Limestone Road at around 6.30am.

They were taken to hospital for treatment but their condition last night was unknown.

Police arrested a man, who is believed to be in his 30s, in connection with the incident.

Two knives could be seen lying on the road as officers sealed off the area following the attack.

The junctions between the Limestone Road, Clanchattan Street and Parkend Street were closed while detectives and forensic officers searched for evidence.

Residents gathered around the cordon, which stretched from Currie Primary School to Alexandra Avenue, as they came to terms with the violence.

Two knives were found on the ground at the junction of Parkend Street and Limestone Road, and a blood-covered blanket was also present at the scene.

Local elected representatives yesterday spoke out to condemn the violence.

Nuala McAllister, Alliance councillor for the Castle ward, said: "Any such violence on the streets of north Belfast is concerning for local people. I would urge anyone with information on the incident to contact police immediately."

Alderman Patrick Convery, the SDLP representative for the area, added: "This is a very worrying development in north Belfast. My thoughts are with those who were injured in the attack. If anyone has any information, I would encourage them to speak to the police."

And Policing Board member and DUP MLA Jonathan Craig said: "It's very sad to see three people stabbed. Yet again, it highlights the dangers of knives on the streets.

"Violent crime is something that has no place in our society. People need to report everything they witness to the police and allow the police to use the justice system. Whoever committed this crime needs to be arrested and put through the justice system. It is important that this happens quickly."

Violent crime has risen steadily in Northern Ireland in recent years. In the 12 months to July 2014 there were 33,403 crimes where violence was committed against a person. This rose to 34,216 in the 12 months to July 2015 - an increase of 2.4%.

Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the triple stabbing, or anyone who has any information about it, to contact them at the reactive and organised crime unit at Musgrave Station on the non-emergency number 101, or to call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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