A DUP councillor has said the level of violence in Belfast this year has been “unbelievable” after a man was killed on Friday morning.
DUP councillor George Dorrian said there was speculation the man had been stabbed after an “altercation” in the area.
He said the latest violence was concerning after three murders in the greater east Belfast area this year and a stabbing last weekend.
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“Its worrying, youre seeing a level of violence thats just unbelievable. Its just shocking,” Councillor Dorrian said.
“Its not clear what the background to the incident was, the police were quick to arrest two people which is welcome.
Councillor Dorrian said that the DUP would be liaising with police on domestic violence and knife crime following recent incidents.
“One of things wed be looking to do is to meet with the police to find out what practical steps can be taken to challenge this type of activity,” he said.
“Youve seen three murder potentially using knives and one attempted within the last five weeks or so, this is a growing concern.
“It looks like it is a growing problem here, certainly among young people knives are almost becoming acceptable.”
The levels of violence and loss of life in East Belfast are deeply concerning. The increasing use of knives is alarming,” Dr Kyle said.
“Police, politicians, community leaders and statutory agencies need to recognise their responsibilities and work together to urgently address these issues.
A murder investigation has been launched after a man died at house in Kyle Street, east Belfast early this morning.
Ian Ogle, 45, was stabbed and beaten to death close to his home at Cluan Place on January 27, while 53-year-old Alice Morrow was found dead at a house in Whincroft Way in the Braniel estate last Sunday.
PUP Councillor Dr John Kyle said he was deeply concerned about the recent levels of violence and loss of life in east Belfast.
He added: The death of a young man last night in East Belfast is yet another tragedy. Our hearts go out to his parents and family.
The increasing use of knives is alarming. Police, politicians, community leaders and statutory agencies need to recognise their responsibilities and work together to urgently address these issues.
DUP Councillor for the area George Dorrian told the News Letter: This is a very quiet and nice area, with lots of young families as well as older people who have lived here for many years.
Everyone has been left stunned by what has happened. It is a real tragedy that this young mans life has been cut short and my thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.