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Kearney condemns knife attack in Antrim

28 May, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin's South Antrim MLA, and Westminster candidate Declan Kearney has condemned a stabbing in the Greystone estate, which has once again raised the horror of knife crime in Antrim town. Mr Kearney said: “Whilst I understand the victim is now stable in hospital, and trust he will make a full and speedy recovery. I am horrified to think that a young life may well have been taken in this latest knife attack. “It is sickening to think that this young man’s family could have been dealing with the loss of a loved one today."I am thankful that the police have been able to apprehend and charge someone within 24 hours of the incident however the spectre of knife crime remains a worrying trend. “Just last December we witnessed another knife attack in Antrim town centre. At that time, I expressed my concerns about the apparent casual use of knives, which on every occasion presents a risk of serious or fatal consequences.“In the aftermath of the December knife attack I made representations to the local PSNI commander, and subsequently spoke with the senior officer responsible for serious crime investigations.

"I intend to speak again to senior police management regarding this latest attack. In the meantime, I would ask the local community to fully assist the police with their ongoing investigation into this incident in Greystone.”

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