Belfast Telegraph

Poots 'fired gun to warn intruders'

A minister in the Northern Ireland power-sharing executive fired two shots in the air to warn off intruders at his home, it has emerged.

Edwin Poots, the health minister, opened up from an upstairs bedroom at the house near Lisburn, Co Antrim, his Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) confirmed.

Police said they were investigating the incident which happened in the early hours of June 6.

Mr Poots, 47, was at home at Gardeners Road with his wife and four children, when the two intruders were spotted close to the house. They fled after he shouted a warning and fired into the air.

A DUP spokesman said: "Given the risk to Mr Poots and his family, a legally held shotgun was safely discharged into the air by Mr Poots from within his house to alert the intruders that their presence was known.

"The police were then called by the family and are investigating the matter."

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