Belfast attacks: Man arrested over assaults on women

A 38-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating a series of attacks on women in Belfast on Monday night.

A woman pedestrian was stabbed in the first attack on Castle Place in the city centre at 19:42 BST.

Four women were stabbed and two were punched during a one-and-half hour period in south and central Belfast.

The man has been taken to Musgrave police station for questioning.

Police said none of the victims’ injuries was life-threatening, but it had been “hugely traumatic” for them.

The six women were all aged 19 to 22.

Police believe a man on a bicycle was responsible for all the attacks.

Ch Supt Simon Walls said “the attacks were “frightening” and “completely random”.

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