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SDLP's John Boyle condemns Derry paramilitary style shooting

SDLP Deputy Mayor of Derry John Boyle has condemned those behind a paramilitary style shooting in Derry on Thursday.

A 41-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment after he was shot in the right ankle. It happened at around 8pm on Thursday near the Creggan shops.

Police have released a photo of a the victim's bloodied shoe to demonstrate the vicious nature of the attack.

SDLP councillor Boyle said: "I unequivocally condemn those behind this brutal attack in our city last night. My immediate thoughts are with the man who was injured and his family."

"Those who continue to bring violence onto the streets of this city need to understand, and need to be made to understand, that they represent no-one and they are attacking all of us.

The Strabane representative added: "If we want to stop these people, we need to bring information forward to help the police take them off our streets. They cannot be allowed to to maim with impunity.

"I would appeal to anyone with any information to please bring it forward as soon as possible."

Chief Inspector Ivor Morton said that this was a particularly horrific attack and "yet another example of how these criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence."

The Chief Inspector stressed: "We are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything in the area around 7.45pm last night.

"We have taken the decision to release a photograph of the victim’s blood stained trainer to highlight the vicious nature of the attack.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity of Creggan Shops yesterday evening and who saw any suspicious persons or activity to contact Detectives at Strand Road on 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”


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