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Two men stabbed during a mass bar brawl

By Lisa Smyth

Up to 30 people may have been involved in a late night bar brawl which left two people in hospital with stab wounds.

A man in his mid 20s was last night recovering in hospital after being stabbed in Dungiven at the weekend.

The victim was stabbed in the abdomen during a disturbance believed to have involved up to 30 people in a bar on Main Street in Dungiven.

His condition was last night described as serious but stable.

A second man, also in his mid 20s, is believed to have suffered a minor stab wound to his upper thigh and cuts to his back during the incident. He was treated in hospital for his injuries and subsequently discharged.

The incident was reported to police shortly before 2am and detectives investigating the stabbing last night appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Deputy mayor of Limavady Borough Council Brenda Chivers said she was shocked and disappointed by the incident which she said heaped further worry on the people of the area in the weeks running up to Christmas.

"It's hard to believe that something like this has happened," she said.

"I know no-one was killed but it could very easily have resulted in a death. Limavady has had nothing but bad news and tragedy in the last six months and I'm not sure what can be done to change that."

The incident comes just weeks after the borough was rocked by the murder of 17-year-old Wendy McAteer, whose badly beaten body was found by her brother on the Backburn Path.

Less than six months ago, teacher Michael Martin McGinnis was found dead at the bottom of steps in the same area.

Mrs Chivers continued: "These kinds of incidents affect everyone in the borough, especially as it is coming up to Christmas and people want to be able to go out and enjoy themselves without having to worry about being caught up in some kind of disturbance.

"I have children who are 18 and 19-years-old and I have told them that if they come across anything like this to get away quickly. As a parent it is very worrying and we never used to have to worry about violence like this in the borough.

"The borough just seems to be dealing with tragedy upon tragedy and more and more violence and I hope that next year brings some good news for the area. I appeal for anyone with information to come forward."

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