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Family’s gun attack horror

House shooting and gang assault outrages condemned

Politicians have condemned those responsible for two separate attacks in Co Antrim over the Christmas break.

Shots were fired at one house in the Dunfane Park area of Ballymena during the early hours of Monday, while a gang armed with baseball bats attacked another home in the nearby Ballykeel estate on Boxing Day.

Police are investigating motives for both attacks.

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay described the |incidents as shocking.

He said: “Obviously both these attacks have to be condemned outright. Both have used bully-boy tactics of intimidation.

“Local residents in both areas do not want to see this type of |behaviour being used in their communities.”

On Boxing Day four men armed with baseball bats and other weapons burst into a house in the Lewis Park area of Ballykeel at around 6.30am.

Two windows were broken during the incident.

A short time later four men, two aged 38 and 35 and another

two both aged 32, were arrested and later released on bail.

And yesterday a man and woman were terrified when shots were fired at their Dunfane Park home just after 3am.

While no-one was injured during the incident, the front windows of the house were damaged.

Mr McKay said the attack on the home was “abhorrent”.

“An attack on a family home at any time of year is terrible but it is particularly abhorrent that this should take place at Christmas,” he said.

“It is to be condemned outright and I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Dunfane area in the early hours |of this morning to bring that |information forward.

“This is a relatively quiet estate and people here are shocked that this shotgun attack has taken place.”

North Antrim SDLP MLA Declan O'Loan expressed his |shock at the attack.

“Dunfane Park is a quiet, residential development of owner occupied houses and it is not something that you would expect to be happening there,” he said.

Police have appealed for information on both attacks.

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