Youth arrested after stabbing

Round O Quay Enniskillen.   Picture Kenneth Allen
Round O Quay Enniskillen. Picture Kenneth Allen

A 15-year-old youth has been arrested by police after a teenager was stabbed twice in the stomach in Enniskillen.

Police issued an appeal yesterday after reports of an assault on a 14-year-old youth at the ‘Round O’ area of the town.

A detective sergeant said: “Shortly before midnight [on Sunday], it was reported that two youths were approached by an unknown male in the area. It is believed the male stabbed the youth twice in the abdomen.

“The youth was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

“The male is described as wearing a blue/navy hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.”

The officer appealed for witnesses to contact police.

Some seven hours after their appeal, police released a further statement to confirm that a 15-year-old youth had been arrested.

Police said yesterday: “The youth male, who was arrested in the Enniskillen area this afternoon, remains in police custody.”

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliott said the 14-year-old victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen in “a cowardly attack”.

“It is a disturbing turn of events that such attacks are taking place in public parks.”

He added: “My thoughts are with the young boy who was attacked, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

“The people of Enniskillen should not have to deal with cowardly attacks like this.”

The PSNI has revealed that knife attacks increased in the three years 2006, 2007 and 2008, rising from 229 to 304 and 320 respectively.

There were six stabbing attacks in Enniskillen in the first two years of the period and nine in the third.

In 2006 the PSNI announced a three-week knife amnesty after revealing that knife killings had doubled since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.