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Father and child escape as shots fired at north Belfast home

By Joanne Savage

Loyalists are being blamed for a gun attack on a house while a child and her father were inside.

Neither was injured in the attack on Monday night but strike marks from the shots could be seen on the front door of the terraced property on the Westland estate in north Belfast.

The resident, who is believed to be originally from Scotland but who has lived in the area for some time, refused to make any comment on the shooting.

North Belfast DUP councillor Alderman Lydia Patterson said: "Those responsible could not have been sure of the consequences of firing these blasts. This will have been deeply shocking not just for the man and child inside the house but also for their neighbours and the local community."

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly voiced concerns that the attack had been the result of tensions between loyalist factions in the area.

"It would be a worrying development if, as many people fear, that this gun attack was carried out as a result of tensions between loyalist factions."

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson also condemned the attack.

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