Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Two arrested over 'loyalist' shooting in north Belfast street

Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott
Forensic officers at the scene of a shooting in north Belfast, which police have blamed on feuding loyalists. Photo Kevin Scott

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the 'loyalist' shooting of a 44-year-old man in north Belfast on Wednesday night.

Shortly after 10pm, two men were driving in Wallasey Park, Carr's Glen when something was thrown at their vehicle.

When they stopped and got out of the car, one of the men was shot in the thigh.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has put the incident down to "tension within loyalism".

The victim was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police arrested two men on Thursday, aged 46 and 47.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: “There is no justification for bringing violence of any sort on to the streets of North Belfast, or anywhere else for that matter.

"This type of incident adds nothing to communities, instead it can lead to fear, anxiety and tension.

"This cannot be allowed to happen and the police will do everything in our power to keep people safe, deal with this criminality and ensure that people can go about their normal business in peace," added the PSNI District Commander.

"Detectives will continue to actively pursue this investigation to ensure that all those involved in carrying out this attack are arrested and brought before the courts."

He appealed to anyone with information about the shooting to contact police on the non-emergency number, 101.

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