Three men ‘stable’ after separate stabbings in Belfast and Ballymena

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A man and a woman arrested by police investigating a stabbing in Ballymena on Thursday have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The pair, both aged 23, were detained following the incident in the Waveney Road area around 1pm.

The 30-year-old victim was located in a flat and taken to hospital.

His condition was initially described as “serious,” but on Friday night a spokesman for the Belfast Health Trust said he was now “stable”.

Another man stabbed in a separate incident in west Belfast on Thursday was also said to be stable in hospital on Friday night.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was attacked in the Hawthorn Street area around 1.40pm on Thursday.

A section of the street was sealed off for several hours while police and forensic experts examined the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

On Thursday evening, a third man was stabbed during an assault in the High Street area of Belfast city centre.

The incident took place around 9.25pm and the suspect is believed to have made off on foot along Waring Street.

Police arrested a 23-year-old man a short time later.

The injured man, reported to be 19-years-old, was taken to hospital suffering a stab wound to his back and has been described as “stable”.

Detective Sergeant Conor Sweeney has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information about the incident in High Street to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.