Belfast Telegraph

Six people injured including two seriously after multiple stabbing in Newtownabbey

By John Mulgrew

Six people have been injured including two left in a 'serious' condition after a multiple stabbing in Newtownabbey.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said emergency crews were at the scene of the attack in the Ballyduff Gardens area outside Belfast.

Those injured have been taken to hospital.

One man and a woman are said to be in a serious condition.

It's understood the stabbing happened at a house at around 4pm on Monday afternoon.

The condition of four others is not yet known.

Ambulance service spokesman John McPoland said: "Six casualties have been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

"It happened at a couple of different houses in close proximity."

He added: "Two of them we would be concerned about, we asked for medical teams to be put on stand-by at the hospital."

A police spokesman tonight said an investigation was now underway.

"A male and female have been taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds and a number of other people are being treated by NIAS for cuts.

"Their conditions are unknown at this stage.

"An investigation into the circumstances is underway but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage."

DUP MLA for South Antrim, Paul Girvan, appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

"I'm really shocked to hear about this at the end of another year," he said.

"There are families that are going to worried about the outcome.

"I would just pray everyone has a full recovery. I would also appeal for anyone to help police, anyone in the area who may have information which may be helpful to pass it on."

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