A man has been arrested by detectives investigating a series of incidents during which a number of women were assaulted and stabbed in south Belfast. 

The 38-year-old man has been taken to Musgrave PSNI Station for questioning.

Several women were assaulted or stabbed in a series of incidents across south Belfast on Monday night.

Belfast area co-ordinator Chief Superintendent Simon Walls had urged the public for help in identifying a possible suspect.

"The first incident occurred at approximately 7.42pm on Monday evening in Castle Place, in which a female pedestrian received a stab wound," he said.

"The second stabbing occurred at 7.51pm on the Ormeau Avenue between the Linenhall Street and Adelaide Street Junctions.

"The third stabbing occurred at 8.56pm on Donegall Square West.

"In the fourth incident, which occurred at some time between 8.56pm and 9.01pm on the Dublin Road, a female received a punch to the back of her head.

"In the fifth incident at 9.01pm, another female received a stab wound as she walked along the University Road, near Mount Charles.

"In the sixth incident, a female was punched in the neck on the Upper Lisburn Road near Dunluce Avenue at around 9.03pm and we believe this to have been carried out by the same man."