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Three men arrested after shots fired at Lisburn flat

Police at the scene on Ballynahinch Road yesterday
Police at the scene on Ballynahinch Road yesterday

by staff reporter

Three men are in custody following a gun attack on a property in Lisburn.

It happened at a flat on Ballynahinch Road at around 1.45am yesterday when four shots were fired.

Police believe the gunman fled in a white Honda 4x4.

The vehicle was spotted nearby and officers chased it for a short while before bringing it to a halt.

Three men on board aged 20, 24 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences and are being questioned.

DUP MLA Edwin Poots said the Ballynahinch Road area was "quite stable" for years, but this had changed because housing associations had 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 added.

"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."

SDLP MLA Pat Catney said: "The cowards who came onto the streets of our city under the cover of darkness and fired shots at a home on the Ballynahinch Road are throwbacks who offer nothing to people here.

"There is no place in Lisburn, or anywhere, for men with guns to take the law into their own hands.

"We all have to take a stand against them because they clearly aren't hearing the message: you aren't wanted and we won't let you drag us back.

"I would encourage anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Ballynahinch Road area at around 1.45am this morning to come forward to police and help deliver justice to those responsible."

The PSNI 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 the non-emergency 101 number, quoting reference 105 03/07/19."

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

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