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Man returns home with gunshot wound

Police became aware of the incident following a report by ambulance staff 
Brendan Hughes

POLICE are investigating after a man left his Co Tyrone home only to return the next morning with injuries including a gunshot wound to the leg.

He left his home in the Clonabay area of Coalisland at about 3pm on Tuesday and had the injuries when he returned on Wednesday morning. The man, originally from eastern Europe, is thought to be aged in his late thirties. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

It is understood police became aware of the incident following a report by ambulance staff. The PSNI said officers received a report from Coalisland at around 8.30am on Wednesday that a man had been assaulted and shot in the leg.

Detective Inspector Will Tate yesterday said: “The exact circumstances of the incident are unclear at present and we are keen to hear from anyone with information that could assist the police investigation.”

Police appealed for anyone with information to phone 101, quoting reference number 208141015, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mid Ulster SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn urged anyone with information about the incident to get in touch with the PSNI.

“This type of thuggish savagery is not welcome in the town – people do not want this,” he added.

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