Pair ‘stable’ after sword and machete attack

Two men have been arrested at Woodvale Drive in north Belfast on suspicion of attempted murder after four men with serious injuries were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment
Two men have been arrested at Woodvale Drive in north Belfast on suspicion of attempted murder after four men with serious injuries were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment

North Belfast DUP MLA William Humprey has told of his relief after hearing that “none of the injuries sustained are considered serious or life-threatening” in the sword and machete attack in north Belfast.

Two men are being questioned by police about a murder attempt following the incident.

The pair were immediately arrested after being released into police custody from the Royal Victoria Hospital in the city, where they were being treated for injuries.

A spokesman for Belfast Trust said two other men injured in the incident were now “stable”.

Mr Humphrey said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the incident in Woodvale Drive this morning, in what is a quiet and settled residential area.

“I am relieved to hear that none of the injuries sustained are considered serious or life-threatening.

“I would urge anyone having information relevant to what occurred to assist the PSNI with their investigation.”

Police are investigating whether the incident was related to an earlier row.

Superintendent Darrin Jones has appealed for witnesses to come forward.