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Coleraine double stabbing creates 'unfair image of lawlessness'

Two women were stabbed in Coleraine on Sunday

THE stabbing of two women in Coleraine creates an "unfair image of lawlessness" of the Co Derry town, an assembly member has said.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two 22-year-old women were stabbed in the street, suffering serious injuries.

The teenager was held a short distance away from the incident at Beresford Avenue on Sunday night.

Detectives were also seeking a second man seen running from the scene.

The women, thought to be known to their assailant, were attacked at around 11.25pm and required hospital treatment for serious but not life-threatening injuries.

East Derry SDLP assembly member John Dallat said the attack "creates an image of lawlessness" in the area.

"This is not true and most unfair to Coleraine but we cannot ignore the fact that knives are increasingly used to attack people, too often with fatal consequences," he said.

"I wish the two girls a speedy recovery and hope that they receive the counselling they will undoubtedly need to cope with this dreadful experience."

PSNI Inspector David Jennings said police wanted to hear from anyone "who was in the area and who witnessed the incident or who noticed two males running away".

Beresford Avenue and a nearby road were closed for most of Monday as forensic officers examined the scene, with officers also carrying out door-to-door inquiries.

Police have also asked for CCTV footage from local businesses.

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