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Co Down Community Urged To Identify Shooters

An Alliance MLA is encouraging the community of Newtownards to identify the shooters involved in a paramilitary style gun attack last Friday, 11 October.

A man, aged in his 20s, was walking in the Sunderland Park area of the Co Down town when he was dragged into an area nearby and shot in the left leg by two masked men.

Police said the incident occurred at around 10pm and the suspects both wore dark clothing.

The pair fled the scene, leaving the victim injured and in need of hospital treatment.

Local MLA Kellie Armstrong said the local community has been left in shock and urged anyone with information to come forward.

"If you know anyone who claims to be a part of an illegal paramilitary group then pass this information to the PSNI," Ms Armstrong urged. "These groups are nothing but criminals, more interested in bullying, drug dealing and carrying out deadly attacks. They have no place in the community and it's time for the people of Newtownards to help remove this scourge from the area. The days of the paramilitary bully boys are over.

"#EndingTheHarm means we can all take action to remove paramilitary thugs. There is no place for guns on our streets. A phone call to the PSNI can help remove these criminals and make our streets safer."

Police can be contacted on non-emergency line 101 quoting reference 2115 of 11/10/19.

Council's Mental Health Event Hailed A Success

An event aimed at supporting young people and their teachers improve their health and wellbeing has been hailed a success by Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle.
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The Building Resilience Youth Event, held at the Foyle Arena on Friday October 11, was attended by hundreds of young people and a number of teachers from schools across the City and District.

Participants learned more about dealing with stress and building resilience by taking part in a series of activities organised by the Civic Forum.

The Forum is led by the Mayor and brings together a range of local agencies responsible for dealing with issues relating to alcohol, drugs, mental health, emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and homelessness.

Speaking after the event, Mayor Boyle said she was encouraged to see so many local young people and their teachers engaging in the sessions:

"I was delighted to see this event taking place which will hopefully be helpful to all those who participated," Mayor Boyle said.

"I was really encouraged by the response from our schools who are working hard to address these concerns and support young people facing the challenges of school, peer pressure, and online activity."

Traffic Disruption Expected For Lisburn Roadworks

A road in Lisburn is set to close for resurfacing work later this month.

The £280,000 scheme is being delivered along the entire section of Lower Ballinderry Road, between the A26 Moira Road and B12 Crumlin Road.

Work will commence on Monday 21 October and run until late December.

A road closure will be implemented weekdays between 8am and 6pm to facilitate the work.

During these times a diversion will be in place with traffic being diverted via Soldierstown Road / Aghalee Road / Station Road, Glenavy and Moira Road. Access for residents will be maintained throughout the scheme.

Drivers may experience some delays and should allow additional time when planning any journeys.


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