Three people treated in hospital following village stabbing

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an altercation on Main Street in Ballycarry shortly after 1am this morning, Saturday 11 August.

It was reported that an altercation took place between a number of people outside a public house on the street.

Three men, two aged in their 30s and one aged in his 60s, were treated in hospital for stab wounds to their body as a result of the incident.

Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

A 31-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of a number of offences, including attempted murder. They remain in police custody at this time.

Detective Sergeant Miller is appealing for anyone who was in the area of Main Street and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference 87 11/08/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

Mid and East Antrim Borough councillor Mark McKinty, who grew up in the village, said the incident had shocked the local community.

“First and foremost, I send my best wishes for a speedy recovery to the three injured parties, all of whom I know well,” he added.

“Sincere thanks must go to the PSNI who were on the scene very quickly, possibly preventing further injury or a fatality. I would encourage anyone with any information to speak to the police and assist with their investigation.

“Ballycarry is a small and peaceful community which is understandably shaken today, and I know the whole village will rally around those individuals and businesses affected.”

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