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Ards church leaders unite to condemn park shooting

Church leaders have condemned a weekend attack in which a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg by masked men in Newtownards. It happened at around 10pm on Friday night, close to a play park
Church leaders have condemned a weekend attack in which a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg by masked men in Newtownards. It happened at around 10pm on Friday night, close to a play park
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Church leaders have condemned a weekend attack in which a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg by masked men in Newtownards. It happened at around 10pm on Friday night, close to a play park.

Police said the victim was walking in the vicinity of Sunderland Park when he was dragged into an area nearby by two masked men and shot in the left leg in what they are treating as a paramilitary attack.

Ards Churches Together (ACT), a collective of Christian church leaders from across different denominations, yesterday expressed shock and sadness at the attack.

Spokesman Rev Alan Peek from Movilla Abbey Church in Newtownards, said: ""These attacks will continue to happen until communities speak out and say 'enough'.

"Together, we urge those who plan and perpetrate attacks like these to realise the harm they cause to their own community, including their own family, friends and neighbours, when they engage in intimidation, fear and violence."

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