MLA hits out after a man is stabbed in north Belfast
An MLA has said he is "appalled" by a growing knife culture in Belfast after a man was stabbed in the stomach.
A 23-year-old was rushed to hospital after he was assaulted in the early hours of yesterday in the Antrim Road area of the city.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A 22-year-old woman who was with the man sustained a cut to her face.
DUP MLA William Humphrey said: "I'm absolutely appalled that this has happened.
"We appear to be seeing an increase in knife culture and an increase in the number of stabbings taking place.
"This is concerning and unfortunately this young gentleman and woman have fallen victim to it."
Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee also condemned the attack.
He said: "These brutal attacks have a severely damaging impact on our entire city and must stop immediately. Anyone with information about this stabbing should bring it forward to the police immediately."
Inspector Paul Noble urged witnesses to contact detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Division on the non-emergency number 101.