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Three men stabbed during early morning street altercation in Newry

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in the Ardcarn Park area of Newry early this morning.

It was reported that some form of altercation took place between a number of men in the street at around 5am.

A man aged in his 40s was stabbed in the head and two others – in their 20s – sustained stab wounds to their bodies.

All three were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Detective Constable Skillen is appealing for anyone who was in the area of Ardcarn Park, Nursery Drive or Springfarm Heights this morning and who witnessed an altercation or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives at Ardmore Police Station quoting reference number 201 of 31/12/16.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This morning’s incident prompted a warning from Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MP  Mickey Brady of the dangers of knife crime and the use of knives on our streets.

He said: “Three people are reported to have been admitted to hospital as a result of wounds received from a knife attack. Details of the incident are unclear and it is being investigated by police.

“I appeal to anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

“Those who use knives on our streets must realise the seriousness of their actions. This incident clearly shows what can go greatly wrong when people lift knives as weapons.

“The use of knifes on the streets is totally unacceptable and there is a moral responsibility on all of us to ensure that knife crime is stamped out.”


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