AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a man was stabbed during a confrontation with an intruder in his garden this morning.
The man, aged in his 50s, suffered a head injury and wounds to his abdomen in the incident, which occurred at 9.30am in Dundonald, east of Belfast.
The victim is being treated in hospital however his condition is not currently known.
Joanne Bunting, DUP MLA for East Belfast, said her thoughts were with the victim.
“This is a truly shocking and appalling incident,” she said.
“Grangewood is a quiet residential area and this news will be worrying for the residents.
“My first thoughts are with the victim and his family. I trust and pray he will make a full and speedy recovery.
“I would appeal to the Dundonald community to be careful and if you see anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, or intruding on your property, please call the police in the first instance.
“It is important that nobody is put in harm's way even though your first instinct may be to protect your property.”
The PSNI would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man aged in his 20s acting suspiciously in the Grangewood Road, Dunlady Road or Ballyregan Road area between 9–9.30am today.
PSNI Detective Inspector Wallace said: "Anyone with information – or CCTV covering their house which could have captured images during the time period we are most interested in – should contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 275 of 16/05/18."