38 year-old man arrested over Belfast knife attacks

The arrest follows a public appeal to find the man responsible Credit: UTV

Police have arrested a 38 year-old man in connection with a series of knife attacks on women on Monday night in Belfast.The man, who was arrested in Belfast on Thursday has been taken to Musgrave Station for questioning.Police patrols were stepped up in Belfast city centre and the south of the city as officers try to identify the man.

Six women are now believed to have been stabbed or assaulted by the same man, who was riding a bicycle, on Monday night.Earlier, police released a series of CCTV images which they believed were that of the attacker.Timeline of attacks

  • 7.42pm: Woman stabbed at Castle Place

  • 7.51pm: Woman stabbed on Ormeau Avenue, between Linenhall Street and Adelaide Street junctions

  • 8.56pm: Woman stabbed at Donegal Square West

  • 8.56-9.01pm: Woman punched in back of head on Dublin Road

  • 9.01pm: Woman stabbed on University Road, near Mount Charles

  • 9.03pm: Woman punched in neck on Upper Lisburn Road, near Dunluce Avenue