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24 May 2022

Teenager in hospital following County Derry stabbing

The incident occurred at 6.25am today.

Man in hospital following County Derry stabbing

Mullagh Place, Limavady, where the incident occurred. Pic by Google Maps.

A man has been taken to hospital following a stabbing in County Derry.

Detectives are appealing for information in relation to the incident in Limavady early this morning

“Shortly after 6.25am, police received and responded to a report of an incident at Mullagh Place in the town," said a PSNI spokesperson. 

“An 18-year-old male received treatment at the scene for stab wounds, and was subsequently taken to hospital.

“Police are currently at the scene, and enquiries to establish the circumstances of this incident are ongoing. We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything, or has any information which could assist, to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 231 of 20/01/22.

"Alternatively, a report can be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/."

Local representatives have condemned the incident, with SDLP MLA for East Derry, Cara Hunter, expressing her concern.

"My thoughts are with the young victim of the stabbing this morning, I hope they go on to make a full recovery after being taken to hospital," she said.

"An incident of knife crime in our community is very concerning, we saw just recently how quickly an attack like this can turn to tragedy.

“There can be no place for weapons on our streets, knives or otherwise and we are lucky we are not dealing with a more significant incident today.

"Limavady is a quiet and welcoming town and local people will be shocked to learn that this has taken place.  

“I would urge anyone with any information about this attack to come forward to police as soon as possible. Those who carried out this attack must be apprehended to send a message that we will not tolerate knife crime in our communities.”

Fellow MLA for the area, Claire Sugden, said the attack was 'shocking'.

"This is a shocking crime to have taken place in the small and close-knit town of Limavady,” she said.

“The fact a knife was used, and the victim required hospital treatment, is incredibly concerning.

“It is even more worrying that the victim was so young – this will have been a terrifying experience for both this young man and his friends and family.

“Attacks like this have no place in our society – much less in small communities such as this."

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