Northern Ireland

Security review after Belfast pharmacy stabbing

Pharmacy
Image caption Both victims were working in the pharmacy on the Falls Road, west Belfast

Two men are being treated in hospital after being stabbed during an armed robbery at a pharmacy in west Belfast.

Both victims were working at McDonagh's pharmacy on the Falls Road when a man entered with a knife.

Image caption Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening

The man threatened two staff members before attacking them.

The first victim, in his 40s, was stabbed in the arm and the second, a man in his 50s, sustained a stab wound to his chest.

At this time their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It is understood staff at the pharmacy tackled the attacker and kept him there until police arrived.

Image caption The police are appealing for witnesses

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He also sustained stab wounds to his lower back.

Sinn Féin councillor Steven Corr said there was a sense of "anger and disgust" in the community after the attack.

The chairman of the Pharmacy Forum in Northern Ireland, Sheelin McKeagney, says security in pharmacies will be reviewed.

"It would be very sad if we have to get to the point where we have to have security guards in pharmacies and hopefully this will be a one-off incident.

"However, we will be addressing security issues with the Department of Health, and with the PSNI, to see how we can assist our colleagues prevent these sorts of attacks from happening."

The police have appealed for witnesses.