Northern Ireland

Four arrested after gang attack on east Belfast street

Police investigate the attack close to the Albertbridge Road
Image caption The attack, close to the Albertbridge Road, is not believed to be sectarian

Police have recovered a knife and made four arrests after a gang attacked two men on a street in east Belfast.

A 15-year-old boy is among the four people arrested. He was detained alongside three men aged 20, 23 and 41.

The attack happened on Lord Street, at its junction with Albertbridge Road, shortly before midday. Police said they are not treating it as sectarian.

The injured men, aged 20 and 21, were taken to hospital but their wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

'Broad daylight'

The knife recovered during the investigation has been taken away for forensic examination.

Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed the assault to contact them.

Robin Newton, DUP MLA for East Belfast, said it was a "vicious attack carried out in broad daylight in front of women and children".

"Whatever caused this gangland style assault it is wrong and the police need support from the community to put a stop to similar attacks, " Mr Newton added.

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