Man clings to life after early morning Bessbrook stabbing

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Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Community, News

A man is clinging to life this afternoon after he was stabbed in Bessbrook early this morning (Sunday 16th September).

The incident happened in the Thomas Street area of Bessbrook

Detectives in Newry have launched an appeal for information following the stabbing incident in the Thomas Street area of Bessbrook.

At around 4.30am police received a report of a man having been stabbed following an altercation in the street.

He was taken to hospital in Belfast with injuries that are described as life threatening.

A 34 year old man was arrested a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact CID in Ardmore on 0845 600 8000.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Speaking to Newry Times, SDLP Newry and Mourne councillor John Feehan said people’s thoughts were with the injured man and appealed for people not to carry or use knives.

Feehan stated, “Firstly, our thoughts are with the injured man and his family and hope that he makes a full and swift recovery from his injuries. I implore people not to use weapons and knives. The terror they place on families and our communities is ever increasing.”

He added, “I appeal further for anybody with information to pass it to the police.”

Also reacting to the news, local Sinn Féin councillor Turlough Murphy said,

“I have heard reports this afternoon that a man was stabbed in Thomas Street in the early hours of this morning. I believe that the victim is in a serious condition in a Belfast hospital and that one man has been arrested in connection with the case.”

“This is extremely disturbing news and incidents like this are most uncommon in Bessbrook. My thoughts are with the family of this injured man and I hope he makes a full recovery.”

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