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Young girl remains ‘critical’ in hospital – another teenager helping police with inquiries

Deans Walk Lurgan Police

A 15-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in the neck last night.

The youngster was treated at the scene in the Deans Walk area of Lurgan last night before being transported to nearby Craigavon Area Hospital.

Police have confirmed another teenager is helping them with their inquiries this morning (Saturday).

Police are also appealing for more witnesses following the incident around 9pm on Friday.

“She was taken to hospital where her condition is described as critical,” a PSNI spokesperson said.

“Another teenager is helping police with their inquiries.

“If anyone saw what happened they should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1499 19/4/19.”

A spokesperson for the NI Ambulance Service said last night: “We received a 999 call at 8.50pm today (19 April 2019) following reports of a stabbing incident in Deans Walk area of Lurgan.

“NIAS despatched an emergency crew to the scene and following assessment and treatment at the scene a teenage girl was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital.”

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said her “thoughts are with the young girl and her family at this time”.

She added: “I have been speaking with the family throughout the night and whilst she remains critical she has undergone surgery and now in recovery.

“A serious incident did take place in Dean’s Walk last night at around 9pm. A young girl of 15 was stabbed and is being treated in Craigavon Area Hospital.

“PSNI have someone remanded in custody and are following a line of investigation.

“I trust and pray that the young girl who is known and loved by so many makes a full recovery. I have been in contact with the PSNI and the young girls family and they are both keen to establish the facts around what happened.

“I would encourage anyone who witnessed anything to report it to the PSNI on 101.”

Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly spoke of her shock at this horrific incident.

“I spoke to the police this evening and I understand the very young teenage girl is in surgery,” said Mrs Kelly.

“I understand someone is being spoken to in relation to this incident and if any one has any information, I would appeal for them to come forward to assist the PSNI in their enquiries.”

Sinn Fein councillor Liam Mackle said he was shocked at what happened.

“It appears that a young girl has been stabbed this evening in the Deans Walk area. Details are still coming out and it’s important that anyone with information helps the police in their investigation,” he said.

SDLP representative Ciaran Toman added: “Everyone in the community is shocked. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Everyone in this community is upset and disturbed at what happened. Everybody hopes that the young girl, who has been taken to hospital, makes a full recovery.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the PSNI by calling 101.”

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