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Teenager needs 32 stitches after being stabbed at east Belfast house party


Police have appealed for information

Police have appealed for information

Police have appealed for information

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed in the neck, chest and armed after a disturbance at a house party in east Belfast.

Local PUP councillor Dr John Kyle said that the man required 32 stitches before being released from hospital on Sunday.

Police received a report shortly after 4am that a large crowd of between 30 and 40 people were outside on the street at Templemore Avenue.

Officers attended the scene and the crowd was moved on.

A short time later it was reported that a number of people had again gathered on the street and it was reported that a man was in the area brandishing a knife.

He is described as being around 6' tall, was bare chested and wore grey tracksuit bottoms.  

It was further reported that two men had been assaulted.

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An 18-year-old man sustained stab wounds to his neck, chest and arm and was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries which are not life threatening.

A second man, also aged 18, was reported to have sustained cuts to his arm and shoulder and scratches to his ear after he was assaulted by three men in the area. 

Dr Kyle said that the incident was a result of a brawl at a house party.

"The tragic consequences of knife crime are still being felt by the people of East Belfast following the brutal murder of Ian Ogle a short time ago,” he 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 of our judiciary to hand down sentences commensurate with these crimes.”

Sergeant Austin Grant appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area and saw what happened or anyone who has information which may assist our investigation to get in touch with us by calling the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 327 of 10/03/19," he said.

"Alternatively information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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