Arrests follow suspected weekend gun attack

Councillor JJ Magee says urgent action is required by the PSNI Councillor JJ Magee says urgent action is required by the PSNI
By Evan Short

TWO men were arrested at the weekend after a street fight in which a suspected firearm and knife were produced.

Police were called to Kinnaird Street in North Belfast around 8pm on Friday night after reports of an altercation between a number of men in the street. One man was treated for minor injuries.

The area has been a hot spot for anti-social behaviour with regular attacks on cars and a similar incident in June when an armed gang forced their way into a house in the street and assaulted a male.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of offensive weapon in a public place. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing article with blade or point in public place. Both were later released on bail pending further enquiries by police. One man received minor injuries as a result of the altercation.

Sinn Féin Councillor JJ Magee, who attended a meeting of residents this morning to discuss the issue, said there a great deal of anger in the area.

“The disturbances in the lower Antrim Road area in recent days have been most distressing for local residents and this community need to see urgent action by the PSNI to bring those responsible before the courts,” he said.

Detective Constable Kelly appealed for information.

“We would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Kinnaird Street around 8.00pm and who may have witnessed this incident to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1155 11/11/16.

“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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