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UDA faction responsible for Coleraine shooting

East Derry MLA Claire Sugden.

Former Justice Minister Claire Sugden has described two recent shootings in Coleraine as “despicable acts” that show a “brazen disregard for life”.

Police in Coleraine are investigating after a number of shots were fired at a house in Dundooan Park at around 8pm on Wednesday.

A front window and door were damaged in the attack Two men inside the house at the time were not hurt

The attack is the latest in a spate of shootings, linked to a faction of the UDA in the area.

"This now makes five shootings in Coleraine in a matter of months, showing a seemingly increasing and brazen disregard for life,” said the East Derry MLA.

“That these attacks have been happening in built-up areas undoubtedly creates fear among the local community.

“Attacks of this nature are unwelcome and never justified. Undoubtedly, local people are worried. Young families and older people live in this area and these abhorrent actions affect the entire community."

A police spokesperson said: "Detectives are working to establish a motive and are keen to hear from witnesses or anyone who has information regarding this crime. They can be contacted on 101, quoting reference 1616 03/02/21.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 per cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime".

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