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The Celtic Bar on Belfast's Falls Road, where an incident led to four people receiving stabbing injuries. Google Maps
Belfast

Man arrested after four stabbings in west Belfast

Four people are stabbed after a disturbance at a bar in the nationalist Falls Road area of West Belfast last night.

A MAN HAS been arrested in West Belfast after four people – including a police officer – sustained stabbing injuries during an incident last night.

The four people were all injured following a disturbance at a bar in the mainly nationalist Falls Road area of the city, which saw one person hospitalised.

A PSNI spokesman said initial inquiries suggested that the four stabbings had all taken place in the same general area, outside the Celtic Bar at the corner of the Falls Road and Waterford Street.

The alarm had been raised after a man in his 50s was seen injured in the street. He remains in hospital in Belfast with serious, but not life-threatening, injures.

Another three people were also injured – a man in his 20s sustained a stab wound to his knee, a woman in her 30s received treatment for an injury to the head, and a male police officer was stabbed in his left arm.

A man in his 50s, who is not one of the injured parties, was arrested this morning and is assisting in police enquiries.

Police said at least one of the assaults had taken place in the bar itself.

Police had appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward; detectives can be contacted at 0845 600 8000, while the anonymous Crimestoppers line can be reached at 0800 555 111.

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