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Man left with 'potentially life-changing injuries' after being shot in leg in Belfast

The PSNI has described it as “a brutal and despicable attack”.

Velsheda Court, Belfast.
Velsheda Court, Belfast.

POLICE IN BELFAST are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in the leg in what’s being described as a paramilitary-style attack.

It happened in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast at around 9.15pm last night.

“Police are investigating the shooting of a 30-year-old male in the area of Velsheda Court, Ardoyne at approximately 9.15pm last night,” the PSNI’s Detective Inspector McCambridge said.

“The male was shot twice and was taken to hospital where he received treatment for leg injuries sustained during this violent crime.

“This was a brutal and despicable attack which has left the victim with potentially life changing injuries.

This is another example of how criminal gangs seek to control local communities through the use of fear and violence.

Anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Velsheda Court is being urged to contact detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference ’1385 02/10/17′.

Anonymous information can also be given to the  independent charity Crimestoppers.

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