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The attack happened shortly after police dispersed a crowd of up to 40 people on Templemore Avenue yesterday shortly after 4am (stock picture)

The attack happened shortly after police dispersed a crowd of up to 40 people on Templemore Avenue yesterday shortly after 4am (stock picture)

The attack happened shortly after police dispersed a crowd of up to 40 people on Templemore Avenue yesterday shortly after 4am (stock picture)

An 18-year-old man is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed in the neck, chest and wrist in a brutal attack in east Belfast.

The teenager was recovering at his home in the north of the city last night after receiving more than 30 stitches.

It happened shortly after police dispersed a crowd of up to 40 people on Templemore Avenue yesterday shortly after 4am.

"A short time later, however, it was reported a number of people had again gathered on the street and it was reported that a male was in the area brandishing a knife," said Sergeant Austin Grant. "He is described as being around 6ft tall, was bare chested and wore grey tracksuit bottoms."

He said two men were assaulted, and the stabbed teenager's wounds were not life-threatening.

PUP councillor Dr John Kyle said: "Anyone who arms themselves with a knife does so with the knowledge that using it could very easily result in the loss of life.

"It is therefore incumbent on our judiciary to hand down sentences commensurate with these crimes."

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