Police release CCTV in hunt for knifeman who stabbed five women in 80 minutes

Police release CCTV in hunt for knifeman who stabbed five women in 80 minutes

 

Women across an entire city have been told to be on their guard as five were stabbed in an 80-minute spree by a knifeman on a bike.

Fears he will strike again has lead police in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to tell women not to go out alone and to stay alert.

Police have issued an image of a man on a bike they urgently want to speak to to see if he can assist with their enquiries.

Three young women, aged from 19 to 22, had knife wounds to their neck, arm and back of their legs, while two more were punched in the head in five separate attacks on Monday night.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Simon Walls warned women to be vigilant. He said: “If you are going out, try to be with a friend or in groups.

“Just be vigilant, know where you are.

“Police are taking this investigation incredibly seriously.

“We accept the fear that this type of attack causes. We wish to say that incidents like this in Belfast and across Northern Ireland are indeed rare.”

One 19-year-old student woman, who goes to Queen’s University and lives close to where one of the incident took place, said she was now afraid to be out at night by herself.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: “It’s scary the fact it was all women. It would put you off going out by yourself at the moment.”

Another resident said she would remain fearful until the attacker was arrested by police.

South Belfast MP Claire Hanna added: “It’s terrifying. There’s so many people in those areas for work and going out.

“People are really anxious. Just even in my office team there are those living in and around those areas.

“It wasn’t even the wee small hours. It was during the evening at a time when people wouldn’t think twice about being out and about.”

She added: “Understandably people will be really, really worried being out and about, particularly as the nights are becoming darker,” she continued.

“Anybody who was in the areas, or has any information, obviously should come forward. Obviously the best way to ease people’s fears is to have this person apprehended.

“There is this societal problem with attacks on women, so people need to be aware more of their personal security.”

Police would appeal to anyone who witnessed any of these incidents or anyone who has dash-cam footage to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

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