Man arrested following stabbing in Newry

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A 40-year-old man has been arrested following a suspected stabbing in the Upper Water Street area of Newry on Sunday evening.

A man in his 30s sustained life-threatening injuries and is in a serious condition according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Police received a report at about 20:40 BST that a man had entered a snooker and pool hall in the Basin Walk area of the city and an altercation had ensued.

They added that a 40-year-old man allegedly "assaulted two men before he was removed from the premises".

Det Sgt Bell said officers attended and observed a man covered in blood at the entrance of the building.

They said this man was arrested on suspicion of common assault, disorderly behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

“Subsequent searches were carried out at a flat in the nearby Upper Water Street area," Det Sgt Bell said.

“Upon arrival an unconscious man, aged in his 30s, was located with serious injuries caused to his head, face and lower body – believed to have been caused by a knife.

“He was transported to hospital for treatment to his injuries and is in a serious condition at this time.

“The suspect was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody as the investigation continues."