Man (20s) critically injured in hospital following stabbing attack
Published 28/08/2016 | 17:44
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after a stabbing in Northern Ireland.
He is believed to be in his twenties.
The incident occurred in the Brittons Parade area of Belfast shortly after 9pm on Saturday.
A 26-year-old man has since been arrested by police in connection with the incident.
SDLP West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood said that his local community was shocked by a stabbing which occurred on Saturday night.
He added: “The thoughts of everyone in this community are with the victim's friends and friends. Everybody hopes that the man, currently critically ill in hospital, makes a full recovery.
“As with all such incidents, local people are deeply upset. Everyone must now be focussed on helping the police ensure that the full circumstances of this attack are investigated and appropriate action taken.”
A spokesman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed that the victim was still in hospital and that his condition remains "critical".
Detective Sergeant Michelle Griffin has appealed for anyone who may have seen the incident to come forward with information.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man who was attacked by a group of men in the Shankill estate area of Belfast, has been discharged from hospital.
Police believe that a hammer may have been used by the gang as part of the attack which happened just after 11pm on Saturday night.