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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man (24) shot in legs close to community festival


A 24-year-old man has been shot in the legs in a paramilitary-style attack near where a community festival was taking place.

Police appealed for information after the gun incident in the Flax Street area of north Belfast last night shortly before 11pm.

Large crowds had gathered in the area as the Ardoyne Fleadh took place.

Caral Ni Chuilin, Stormont Culture Minister and Sinn Fein MLA for the area, said local people were horrified and disgusted at the shooting.

"This young man was shot only yards from the entrance to the venue of the Ardoyne Fleadh, where thousands of people have gathered to enjoy the last night of the festivities," she said.

"This was a cowardly and despicable attack, and local people are also horrified that it was carried out in full view of children who were going to the festival.

"The thugs who carried out this attack represent no-one."

Ms Ni Chuilin called for anyone with information on the attack to contact police.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said the alarm was raised with a call to police at 10.55pm that a man had been shot.

"He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening," the officer said.

"I would ask anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact CID at Tennent Street police station on the non-emergency number 101.

"If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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