Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Fury after shots fired at house in late night attack

A number of shots have been fired at a house causing damage to a window and a car windscreen.

No-one was injured in the late night attack at Invernook Drive, in the Sydenham area of east Belfast, but damage was caused to a window of the house and the windscreen of a car.

A red Hyundai was later discovered burnt out in the nearby Larkfield Manor area. It is believed this car may have been linked to the attack which was carried out at around 11pm on Saturday night.

Alliance East Belfast MLA Judith Cochrane and party colleague Laura McNamee both condemned the shooting.

Ms Cochrane said: "I am shocked and outraged at this gun attack. I do not know what type of a person could carry out such a despicable crime.

"The people responsible are obviously very dangerous individuals. They are offering nothing to our society."

Councillor McNamee, who lives near Invernook Drive, was pleased to learn no one was hurt.

"I am disgusted by this attack in a residential area," she said. "I am just glad that no one was hurt. Somebody could have been seriously injured or worse.

"The people responsible must be stopped and brought before the courts so I would urge anybody with any information about this attack to contact the police."

East Belfast DPP chairman, Councillor Jim Rodgers, said more must be done to tackle illegal firearms.

He added: "This is a dreadful attack. I am sure the people in the house were absolutely terrified. Anyone who fires shots through a window of a property must know they could kill.

"There are far too many illegal firearms in Northern Ireland and this issue must be addressed."

He said residents were "distressed and horrified" and urged anyone with information to provide it to the police immediately.

"Even during the hours of darkness, somebody must have seen something or heard something.

"There has been quite a lot of crime in the east Belfast area over the last few weeks, so I will be addressing this with the police.

"I believe we need more police officers on the ground."

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