Man, 33, ar­rested af­ter al­leged stab­bing in city

MSP ex­presses con­cern over ‘grow­ing trend’ of violence on streets

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIERAN BEATTIE

“At­tacks may rep­re­sent a grow­ing trend”

A man has been ar­rested fol­low­ing an al­leged stab­bing in Aberdeen.

Po­lice were called to the scene of the in­ci­dent on Shiprow, close to Vue Cinema and the NCP car park, just af­ter noon yes­ter­day.

A 30-year-old man was taken to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary af­ter the in­ci­dent with se­ri­ous in­juries, which were not thought to be lifethreat­en­ing.

A spokesman for the am­bu­lance ser­vice con­firmed that a woman was also treated at the scene for in­juries.

Yes­ter­day, Shiprow was cor­doned off for a num­ber of hours fol­low­ing the al­leged at­tack, while of­fi­cers car­ried out their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

A floor of the nearby car park was also cor­doned off by po­lice of­fi­cers.

A blood­ied black jacket could be seen close to the en­trance of Vue.

Last night, po­lice con­firmed a 33-year-old was de­tained fol­low­ing the al­leged as­sault, which is un­der­stood to have in­volved a knife.

In­spec­tor Chis Kerr said: “This has been a con­tained in­ci­dent and we are not look­ing to trace any­one else in con­nec­tion with our in­quiries. If any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent, or knows any­thing about it hasn’t yet spo­ken to of­fi­cers, I would ask they call po­lice on 101.”

Yes­ter­day’s as­sault fol- lows an­other al­leged at­tack in Aberdeen on Mon­day af­ter­noon, when a man in his 30s was se­ri­ously in­jured on Sin­clair Road.

North-east MSP Tom Ma­son said: “First, our thoughts must be with the fam­ily and friends of the in­di­vid­u­als af­fected in these in­ci­dents, and our com­mu­ni­ties should come to­gether to sup­port them.

“Sec­ondly, how­ever, we must all be ex­tremely wor­ried that the at­tacks may rep­re­sent a grow­ing trend that is blight­ing the streets of Aberdeen. To­day, I have writ­ten to Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Campbell Thom­son, Po­lice Scot­land Divi­sional Com­man­der for the north-east, ex­press­ing my grave con­cern at these de­vel­op­ments.

“I have asked what ac­tion Po­lice Scot­land are tak­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties to com­bat this violence, and also for the most re­cent vi­o­lent crime statis­tics for the Aberdeen area to es­tab­lish whether or not this is part of a grow­ing trend.”

SEALED OFF: Po­lice ac­tiv­ity at Shiprow in Aberdeen af­ter a man was se­ri­ously in­jured in an al­leged stab­bing

The NCP car park at Shiprow is also cor­doned off

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