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#Knife Crime

A WOMAN who was fatally stabbed in Co Tyrone yesterday has been named as Luisa Cabral Pereira Silva. The 29-year-old victim, originally from Timor Leste, had been living at Lisnahull Road. Detectives are treating the case as murder and are pursuing a definite motive. A 36-year-old male remains in a critical condition after also sustaining wounds in the incident.

A WOMAN HAS been stabbed to death in the Merron Mews area of Dungannon yesterday afternoon. A man who was found at the scene was taken to hospital suffering stab wounds.

The woman was described as being in her 20s and a mother of two, and both she and the injured man are believed to be migrant workers.

Neighbours who witnessed the incident have already stepped forward, and police are asking for anyone else with information to contact them.

Separately, a young man was seriously injured in a knife attack in west Belfast this morning. The man, in his 20s, was stabbed in the head and his eye, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Two men, aged 39 and 44, who were arrested last night are due to appear in court today charged with attempted murder for the stabbing. A third man has been arrested.

A young woman in her early 20s who was also arrested in connection with the stabbing has been released pending further enquiries.

PSNI figures for knife crime across the North show that the number of incidents involving knives or sharp instruments has increased, although in previous years implements other than knives were not included in the data.

PSNI OFFICERS HAVE arrested one man in connection with the death of a 24-year-old man in Derry last night.

The man was stabbed to death around 10.30pm at an apartment block in Castledawson on the main Belfast to Derry road. A man in his early 20s was arrested close to the scene.

In a separate incident, a young nurse in Tyrone was stabbed in the head as she opened her front door yesterday morning.

Tracy Monteith, 23, from Omagh, was attacked just after 5am and is in critical condition in hospital. A young man who was discovered on the road outside with injuries to his face and body was also admitted to hospital.

The PSNI are appealing to anyone with any information regarding the incidents to contact them.

A WOMAN HAS BEEN seriously injured in a knife attack in Co Tyrone this morning. The woman was stabbed in the head as she answered the door to her home in Cappagh Villas, near Omagh. A man with injuries to his head and body was found on the road, the BBC reports. The PSNI is appealing for any information.

AT LEAST THREE children and one teacher have died in the latests in a string  of horror knife attacks at Chinese schools.

Three other children, and four teachers, have been taken into hospital after the attack at a kindergarten in Eastern China. Two of the teachers are believed to be a in serious condition.

The assailant broke into the school in the eastern province of Shandong in Zibo city wielding a 60 cm knife. A 26-year-old was arrested shortly after the attack.

The state Xinhua news agency claims the man has confessed to the assault, which left three children dead at the scene.

Reports from the region suggest that repeated calls to the local hospital, police and government about the incident either went unanswered or officials refused to comment.

The attack is the latest in a string of deadly assaults on schools sending shockwaves across China.

At least five major attacks took place at schools from March to May this year, killing 17 people, including 15 children – and injuring more than 80.

Two attackers have already been executed and two others committed suicide. The fifth suspect was sentenced to death in June.

The deadly assaults led to increased security in schools nationwide and stricter monitoring of people known to suffer from mental illness, out of fears of copy-cat crimes.

However, there is anger among parents that not enough is being done:

Studies have cited a rise in the prevalence of mental disorders in China, some of them linked to stress, as society becomes more fast-paced.

One assailant who was executed in May, Xu Yuyuan, said at his trial that his motive was to vent rage against society after he lost money gambling and in business dealings, and suffered setbacks in his personal life.

The unemployed Xu carried out a bloody assault on 32 people, mostly small children, at a kindergarten in the eastern province of Jiangsu in April.

Chen Kangbing – a man who injured 16 children and a teacher in a stabbing spree in April, and was sentenced to death in June – was a schoolteacher reportedly on sick leave due to mental health problems.

Primary and secondary schools are closed in China until early September.

In the meantime, the search for answers becomes more urgent than ever.

ONE MAN has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a man in Swords, Co Dublin, last night. James Joyce, 20, was pronounced dead at Beaumont Hospital after being stabbed in an altercation. A post-mortem will be carried out later today. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them on 01 6664700.

A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been fatally stabbed in Dublin. Gardaí are examining the scene of the incident on St Cronan’s Avenue off Rathbeale Road in Swords. A number of people are believed to have been involved in incident.