11/12/2017

Witness Appeal After Stabbing Incident In Downpatrick

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses following an assault in the Ardilea Park area of Downpatrick in the early hours of Sunday morning, 10 December.

A 22-year-old man was found with serious stab wounds at a house in the Killough Road area just after 4am. He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

Detective Sergeant Peter Stewart said: "We believe a knife may have been discarded after the assault and would ask the public in the Killough Road area to be vigilant and report any suspicious items they see to police immediately.
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"We are also appealing to anyone who was in area between 3.30am and 4am and witnessed the incident, or who may have information that could help our investigation, to contact detectives at Downpatrick on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 401 of 10/12/17.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath said: "We must remove the culture of knife and stabbing incidents.

"In this case a young man was stabbed after an altercation between him and another young man near to the Killough Road in Downpatrick.

"This type of violent incident is not acceptable and I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI immediately.

"I hope that the victim makes a full recovery but I'm concerned at such an incident. This has been a lucky escape for him and this morning we could have been waking to a different and much more sinister headline.

"PSNI are looking for the knife in the vicinity of the incident and I would ask the public to be vigilant for the object and contact police immediately if found."

(MH/JP)

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