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Crossbow bolt fired at van on petrol station forecourt

Published 10/08/2016

Police said the incident happened in the forecourt of a Carrickfergus petrol station
Police said the incident happened in the forecourt of a Carrickfergus petrol station

Police are hunting a masked man who fired a crossbow bolt at a van in Co Antrim.

It happened on the forecourt of a Carrickfergus petrol station on Tuesday.

Two men who were in the black Renault Traffic van escaped uninjured but minor damage was caused to the vehicle.

Detective Constable Loreen Glenn said: "We are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone who may be able to assist the police investigation in any way."

The incident happened at about 5.15pm at a petrol station on Prince Andrew Way.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's reactive and organised crime unit on 101.

East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson described the attack as sinister.

He said: "The use of such a serious weapon makes this a particularly sinister incident.

"The crossbow is a lethal weapon and its use could be considered attempted murder. My thoughts are with the two men who were the victims of this attack, which has shocked the local community.

"I appeal to anyone with information on this incident to contact police immediately."

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