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Three arrests after shots fired at Lisburn flat

The window of the flat on the Ballynahinch road in Lisburn. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
The window of the flat on the Ballynahinch road in Lisburn. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Three men have been arrested after shots were fired at a flat in Lisburn.

The attack happened at a flat on the Ballynahinch Road in Lisburn at around 1.45am on Wednesday when four shots were fired at the property.

Police believed the gunman then fled in a white Honda jeep.

The vehicle was spotted nearby and police were led on a short chase before the jeep was stopped.

Three men on-board, aged 20, 24 and 31, were arrested of suspicion of a range of offences and are in police custody.

DUP MLA  Edwin Poots said the Ballynahinch Road area has been "quite stable" for years, but this has changed because housing associations have been "placing people into the area who have been intimidated from other communities because of anti-social behaviour".

"As a consequence, this has been the sixth incident in as many weeks that illegally held firearms have been discharged with one resulting in a murder," he said.

"This is an entirely unacceptable state of affairs. Thankfully on this occasion no one was injured and police have arrested three individuals. They are to be commended for a swift response and follow up."

Detective Constable Maxwell said: "We believe the white Honda Jeep had been in the Ballynahinch Road area for a time before the incident and we are appealing for anyone who saw the vehicle or its occupants to please  get in touch.

"We’d also like to hear from anyone with any other information that could assist the police investigation. Please call 101, quoting reference 105 03/07/19.”

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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