30/04/2003

Shots fired at Adair's Manchester bolthole

The Greater Manchester home of Gina Adair - wife of notorious loyalist paramilitary Johnny Adair - has been shot at.

A number of shots were fired through the window of the house at around 2am on Wednesday morning.

It is understood that Gina Adair and her children were in the house at the time.

The Adair family fled Northern Ireland along with elements of the notorious ‘C’ company of the Ulster Defence Association after an internal feud with the loyalist paramilitary group led to their expulsion from the province.

Adair is currently being held in Maghaberry Prison for breaches of the terms of his early release licence granted under the Good Friday Agreement.

Senior police in Manchester have sought to reassure residents in the area that the shooting is an isolated incident.

Bolton Police Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Don Brown appealed for anyone with information on the shooting or who had seen anything suspicious in the area to contact police.

He said that extra police patrols would be assigned to the area over the next few days.

(SP)

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