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Stabbing of Limavady teenager condemned, as ‘close-knit area’ left in shock


East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden condemned the shooting.

The stabbing of a teenager in Limavady on Thursday morning has been condemned across the local area, after the 18-year-old was hospitalised as a result of his injuries.

Police said the incident happened shortly after 6.25am in the Mullagh Place area of the town.

The teenager was treated at the scene for his wounds before being taken to hospital.

East Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden described it as a “shocking crime” to take place in what she called a “small and close-knit" area.

“The fact a knife was used, and the victim required hospital treatment, is incredibly concerning,” she added.

“It is even more worrying that the victim was so young – this will have been a terrifying experience for both this young man and his friends and family.

“Attacks like this have no place in our society – much less in small communities such as this.”

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She appealed for anyone who has any information to pass it on to the police.

The SDLP MLA Cara Hunter said there can be “no place for weapons on our streets” and warned the incident could have turned to “tragedy”.

“My thoughts are with the young victim of the stabbing this morning, I hope they go on to make a full recovery after being taken to hospital.

“An incident of knife crime in our community is very concerning, we saw just recently how quickly an attack like this can turn to tragedy.

“We are lucky we are not dealing with a more significant incident today. Limavady is a quiet and welcoming town and local people will be shocked to learn that this has taken place.

“I would urge anyone with any information about this attack to come forward to police as soon as possible. Those who carried out this attack must be apprehended to send a message that we will not tolerate knife crime in our communities.”

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Police are currently at the scene, and enquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident are ongoing. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything, or has any information which could assist, to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 231 of 20/01/22.

“Alternatively, a report can be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”

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