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Newry shootings: ‘There can be no justification’

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The two paramilitary style shootings in Newry have been condemned.

In separate incidents two men in their thirties were shot in the legs.

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady said there could be no justification for the shootings.

“Details of what exactly happened are still coming through but regardless of the circumstances attacks like these are simply unacceptable,” he said.

“There can be no justification for armed people walking around our towns and cities and taking away those people that they deem guilty.

“I utterly condemn these attacks, wish those injured a full recovery and would call on anybody with any information to contact the PSNI and help get these gunmen off our streets.”

Dominic Bradley MLA and Newry Councillor Gary Stokes have also condemned the shootings this morning.

Commenting on the attacks which took place at Sandy Street near his constituency office and on the Armagh Road Mr Bradley said: “I totally and utterly condemn this type of action, and I call on those engaged in violence of this nature to desist from it.”

“Many of us would like to believe that incidents of this type belong to the past but unfortunately there are those who still seem to want to pursue the violent route for whatever reason.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information whatsoever about these incidents to bring it to the PSNI without any delay.”

Cllr Gary Stokes added: “These were despicable acts with no possible justification and deserve nothing but condemnation. We must all oppose this as we have opposed all violence that came before, and I reiterate the call for anyone with information to contact the police.”

The Armagh Road in Newry has recently reopened following police diversions.

Superintendent Simon Walls said: “Our investigation into these incidents is at a very early stage and we are working to identify a motive for the shootings and if they are linked. I would appeal for the public’s assistance to help us identify and to take those responsible for these attacks off the streets.

“I would ask anyone who was in the Ardfield Avenue area of Warrenpoint, the Sandys Street area of Newry or the Armagh Road in Newry last night and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Newry on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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