Three arrested following Belfast city centre stabbing

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by Gráinne Connolly

Three men have been arrested following a stabbing incident in Belfast city centre last night. 

It's understood the suspects, aged 23, 29 and 38, were involved in a fight in the Great Northern Mall on Great Victoria Street at around 7.15pm. 

One man was found by police at the scene and the other two were located on the Dublin Road.

All three sustained stab wounds and were treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

They are being held on suspicion of a number of offences including causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Inspector Janie Hughes said: “At this time we believe that only the three men in custody were involved in this incident however we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed what happened. Great Victoria Street and the Dublin Road would have been busy at the time and we are certain that a number of people would have seen the altercation unfold and may not yet have spoken to police.

"We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at around 7.15pm or anyone who captured mobile phone or dashcam footage. Please call 101, quoting reference 1549 18/0120."

Meanwhile, SDLP South Belfast Representative, Cllr Gary McKeown expressed concern at the reports of a Belfast triple stabbing.

"I am shocked at reports of a triple stabbing in the Great Victoria Street/ Dublin Road area, and urge anyone with information to contact police."

"This is particularly concerning as this is a very busy area at that time of week, with groups of friends and families out for dinner and entertainment, and it doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened."

"Knives have no place on our streets and the community will be in shock that this has happened in their area."

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