A 14-year-old boy remains in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in north Belfast on Saturday night.

Police had been called to the North Queen Street area to deal with groups of youths fighting, when a report was received at about 9.45pm that a teenager had been stabbed at Spamount Street in the New Lodge.

The boy’s condition has been described as serious, but not life-threatening at this time.

There’s no excuse for it. Anyone carrying a knife around the streets of this city is a threat to everyone around them and a threat to themselves.

SDLP councillor Paul McCusker

Local SDLP councillor Paul McCusker branded the attack “savage”.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to police. We need to make sure that those responsible face justice,” he said.

“My thoughts are with the young man in hospital today. I hope he makes a full and quick recovery.”

A 31-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about disorder in the area, or the stabbing, to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.