Community ‘recovering’ from stab horror

The scene of the stabbing in the Ballyduff area of Newtownabbey.

The scene of the stabbing in the Ballyduff area of Newtownabbey.

The Ballyduff community was yesterday “recovering” from a horror stabbing incident which has “left more questions than answers”.

Two men and two women remained in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday, while another two injured during the incident were released on Monday night.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the incident “seemed to come out of nowhere, all of a sudden there was shouting on the street and people were hurt”.

“It seems it was a domestic incident where one fella stabbed two other people in the house,” he said.

“Then he also stabbed himself. Then two relations of the pair who were stabbed arrived and they were attacked.

“Then an elderly man, I believe to be in his 80s, from down the street, who heard the shouting, arrived to try and help and he was also attacked.

“I saw him walk up to the ambulance and get in.”

A PSNI spokesman said officers attended an incident at Ballyduff Gardens at 4pm on Monday.

“An investigation into the circumstances is under way but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this stage,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast said six people – three men and three women – were admitted to the hospital on Monday evening in relation to the incident.

She said two people – a man and a woman – were discharged later on Monday.

However, she added that four of the group remain in the Royal Hospital “in a stable condition”.

The mayor of Newtownabbey, Fraser Agnew, said: “The area where the stabbings happened is a very quiet part of Ballyduff.

“There is a lot of concern and shock in the area today.

“In this area everyone knows each other as many residents have been there for a long time.

“This makes it all the more distressing.

“It is the last thing anyone expected.”

UUP councillor Robert Scott said yesterday: “This is a tragedy for the area.”

Mr Scott, who is a community worker in Ballyduff Community Centre, added: “I was down at the scene last night and the neighbours were very shocked.

“This is a terrible thing to have happened in an area where everyone knows each other.

“I hope everyone who was injured has a speedy recovery.”


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