A local TD says people should be able to feel safe in their communities.
Sinn Féin says it's worrying that someone was seriously injured in a knife attack on the main street of Portlaoise.
Laois-Offaly TD Brian Stanley says while there hasn't been a significant rise in knife crime in the midlands - one incident is too many.
He raised the issue with the local Chief Superintendent at this week's Joint Policing Committee.
Deputy Stanley believes people should be able to feel safe on the streets: