Two stabbed in separate Belfast incidents

Men aged 28 and 24 hospitalised after violent attacks

Eleventh night bonfires blaze across Belfast last night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eleventh night bonfires blaze across Belfast last night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

 

Two men have been stabbed in during separate incidents Belfast last night.

Police were called to the Ormeau Bridge area at about 3.10am this morning after reports that loyalist and republican gangs were fighting in the area, an arterial link which separates predominantly nationalist and unionist residential areas.

Police separated the two groups at about 3.30am. Police stayed in the area for several more hours to ensure that the area remained calm.

One man (28) was injured in a stabbing and taken to hospital, where his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Earlier, a 21-year-old man was injured in a stabbing in the Montrose Street area of East Belfast at about 2.20am. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A PSNI spokesman said a man (24) was arrested later on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

In another incident, a 27-year-old man was arrested early this morning on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and common assault.

He was arrested after police received reports that a man was in the Rockland Street area of South Belfast armed with two suspected swords and threatening people. The man was arrested at about 4.15am.