Northern Ireland

Newry stabbing: Man charged with attempted murder

Scene of the incident
Image caption The stabbing happened at a house on Talbot Street in Newry

A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in a house in Newry, County Down, on Friday.

A 41-year-old man was stabbed in the leg and was taken to hospital for surgery.

A 22-year-old man who was also arrested has been released without charge.

Police earlier described the incident as "a savage attack" and said the victim has been left with "life-changing injuries".

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service alerted police to the incident on Talbot Street at about 22:35 GMT.

Image caption Councillor Valerie Hart said there was "no place" for knife culture

Sinn Féin councillor Valerie Harte said local people were shocked by what had happened.

"The lady who had contacted me (about it) had actually been at the shop with her two young grandchildren.

"To come out of the shop and see a load of policemen running up and down the street, it was very traumatic for the two young children involved, I believe they're only seven and eight years of age."

She added that there was "no place in our communities for this knife culture which seems to be taking over at the minute".