Northern Ireland

Staff at Grove Wellbeing centre see woman being stabbed

Staff at a medical centre in north Belfast witnessed a woman being stabbed by a man on the premises.

The attack happened at the Grove Wellbeing Centre on the York Road at about 12:00 BST on Thursday.

The woman, who is 40, is described as being in a stable condition in hospital.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The man was arrested in Holywood.

Ulster Unionist Councillor Davy Brown lives nearby and visited the centre shortly after the attack.

"When we went down some of the staff were actually on their way out because they were extremely shocked, some of the staff actually tried to render first aid to the person that was stabbed and they actually witnessed what went on," he said.

'Horrendous'

"We had a stress counsellor there on site and we made sure that everyone who was involved in the actual witnessing of the event, spoke to them.

"As you can imagine it must have been a very horrendous time for them.

"The main people involved would have probably been the receptionists because they would have been within only 20 or 30 feet from where the incident took place.

"They were very very shocked.

"I think they were both ladies, and they went home after they received some counselling.

"It's a very, very sad occasion."