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Alarm over Mater Hospital attack

It is deeply alarming that a woman member of staff at Belfast's Mater Hospital was threatened at knifepoint during an attempt to hijack her car outside the complex in the early hours of yesterday.

The victim, believed to be a doctor in her 20s, displayed great courage by fighting off her attacker, but clearly had a fortunate escape as the blade ripped the sleeve of her jacket.

It is essential that the perpetrator is swiftly brought to justice and it is equally important that appropriate levels of security are maintained in the vicinity of the hospital at all times.

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