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Photos: Appeal after UDA-linked shooting in north Belfast

Police have appealed for information after a shooting in north Belfast believed to be linked to the UDA.

On Tuesday night sources told the Belfast Telegraph the loyalist paramilitary group was responsible for the gun attack on the Tyndale area off the Ballysillan Road.

It comes just a day after loyalist paramilitaries issued a combined statement rejecting criminal activity.

Police received a report of the shooting at around 8.10pm.

Detective Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “We believe that a number of shots were fired at a man who was out walking in the Ballysillan / Tyndale Drive area, just after 8pm last night. A further shot was discharged as the gunman ran from the scene.

“The man was not injured in the incident.

“We are appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious cars or activity in the area around the time of the shooting to get in touch with us.

“We would particularly like to hear from anyone who saw a tall male in his 30s or 40s in the area, who was dressed in a dark coat with his hood up and carrying a bag. We believe that he left the area in a car.

“We are also investigating whether there is a link between this shooting and a black Vauxhall Vectra that was found burned-out in the Old Westland Road a short time later.”

"Given the positive steps taken by paramilitaries, this is just repulsive," said DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst, who lives on the street.

"The people don't want this, those behind it need to go away and anyone considering reprisals should just cease it."

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