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Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine on October 6th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine on October 6th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police at the scene of a shooting at a house in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine.

Police at the scene of a shooting at a house in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine.

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Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bushmills Road area of Coleraine on October 6th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The wider Coleraine community has been in the devastating grip of paramilitaries as crime gangs try to take their battle onto the streets for control of the drugs black market.

It can come as no surprise that the commander of the Causeway Coast and Glens policing district, Superintendent Ian Magee, asked for the help of the paramilitary crime task force as deadly shooting attacks ramped up in the past year.

The task force was established in 2017 to help tackle organised crime by paramilitary groups in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and HMRC, granting greater powers for seizures and arrests.


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