Politicians slam shooting near ‘Dark Hedges’ and say: ‘We live in a democratic society not some sort of wild west’

The Dark Hedges.

POLITICIANS have slammed a paramilitary-style attack on a man at a house close to the famous ‘Dark Hedges’ tourist attraction outside Stranocum, saying: “We live in a democratic society not some sort of wild west.”

Police were at the scene of a shooting incident at a house at Ballykenver Road on Saturday night.

PSNI Inspector Stephen McCafferty said: “We received a report at 10:20pm that three men forced their way into a house in the area and shot a man, in his arms and legs.

“We are treating this brutal shooting as a paramilitary-style attack. This is despicable and should not happen in a civilised society.”

Police were still at the scene at Ballykenver Road on Sunday.

 

North Antrim DUP MLA and Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey and Causeway Coast & Glens DUP councillor John McAuley have condemned the attack.

Mr Storey said: “Sadly yet again we have had a shooting attack in the area. Last night three men entered a property in the Ballykenver Road outside Stranocum and shot a man in the arms and legs.

“As with previous attacks they are to be condemned in the strongest possible way. We live in a democratic society not some sort of wild west.

“As we are seeing a worrying increase in these attacks I will be meeting with senior police to discuss how they are going to deal with this upsurge and give confidence to the local community that all is being do to catch those responsible.”

Cllr John McAuley said: “Whatever it is alleged by those who carried out this attack, no one has the right to enter a property and inflict this sinister and warped form of justice on anyone.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police, so that those responsible can be brought before the courts and dealt with according to the law and not in the fashion we saw meted out last night.”

Police added: “An investigation is underway and I would urge anyone with any information to call detectives on 101 quoting reference number 2308 of 19/09/20.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

  • The ‘Dark Hedges’ became a popular tourist attraction after featuring in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

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