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Paramilitary-style attack on man in Belfast 'brutal and despicable'

By Adrian Rutherford

Police have described the shooting of a man in north Belfast as "brutal and despicable".

The paramilitary-style attack took place in Ardoyne on Monday night.

A senior detective said the victim had sustained "potentially life-changing injuries".

Detective Inspector McCambridge said: "Police are investigating the shooting of a 30-year-old male in the area of Velsheda Court, Ardoyne, at approximately 9.15pm.

"The male was shot twice and was taken to hospital where he received treatment for leg injuries sustained during this violent crime.

"This was a brutal and despicable attack which has left the victim with potentially life-changing injuries.

"This is another example of how criminal gangs seek to control local communities through the use of fear and violence."

Political representatives added their condemnation.

SDLP North Belfast MLA Nichola Mallon called on anyone with information on the shooting to bring it to police.

She said: "This attack in Ardoyne last night is a throwback to a time that people here want to leave in the past. There is no place for guns on our streets and there is no place for those who see fit to issue rough justice in this society.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to police as soon as possible."

Sinn Fein councillor Gerry McCabe also hit out at the attack.

He said: "I condemn this shooting outright.

"There can be no place for these type of actions in our society.

"The people responsible need to end their campaign against the community.

"I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward to the police."

Det Insp McCambridge urged anyone with information to come forward.

She added: "I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Velsheda Court to contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1385 02/10/17.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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