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Fears in Ardoyne after weekend of violence

The 29-year-old man was taken to hospital following a stabbing in Ardoyne.

A stabbing in north Belfast, just streets away from where a man was shot dead in a gangland-style attack, has left the community "shocked and in fear".

Three men were arrested on Sunday shortly after a 29-year-old man collapsed at a police cordon, telling officers he'd been stabbed.

The victim had been in a car in Ardglen Place in Ardoyne with a 19-year-old woman in the passenger seat.

Three men approached and stabbed him in the arm and back before running off. The woman was not injured.

He managed to drive the short journey to the police cordon at Etna Drive, where officers are investigating the shooting of Dublin crime boss Robbie Lawlor on Saturday afternoon.

He approached police lines and told them he'd been stabbed before collapsing.

An ambulance was called and he was rushed to hospital, where he was in a critical but stable condition.

Three men - two aged 18 and one 20-year-old - were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remained in police custody last night.

Detective Sergeant Corrigan appealed for anyone "who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting 1456 05/04/20".

SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said "it has been an awful few days" for the people of the area.

"There's a lot of anger and shock. While people are trying to support one another, the events of the last few days are overshadowing all the positive work," he said.

"Because of the coronavirus crisis there is already increased anxiety and this has added to that, so there is a lot more fear.

"Events such as what happened over the weekend can amplify those fears and anxiety.

"We need assurances from the PSNI that they will deal with the ongoing criminality in the area swiftly, especially at this time of heightened tensions."

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