Drugs Gang Behind Bangor Gun Attack

A violent drug gang are thought to be behind last night's attack on a house in Bangor, Co Down.

It is alleged the same group has issued more than a dozen death threats to community workers in the area within the past month. Shots were fired at an empty house on the Bloomfield estate at around 8pm last night.

Although no one was in the Ballyree Drive home at the time, minor damage was caused to the property.

It is also believed a baseball bat may have been used in the attack.

Community worker Mark Gordon said eight of his colleagues have been threatened by a local drugs gang in recent week.

Mr Gordon said police had told them that a gang had been "stepping up efforts to eliminate us".

"Eight people have received, to date, 17 death threats over a two to three week period," he said.
News Image
However, a resilient Mr Gordon said his workers would not be deflected from their campaign to get drugs out of the area.

Bangor MLA Alex Easton was said to be shocked at the incident, and paid tribute to the efforts of community workers in the estate.

"I am shocked that there has been a shooting on this estate," said the DUP Assemblyman.

"I call on everyone as Chairman of the District Policing Partnership to work with the police.

"This estate has a great track record for community work and has a positive reputation it has many wonderful people and that is why this is so disturbing.

"I am glad that no-one has been injured and I have been liaising with the police this evening they merit our full support."

He added: "Let me be unequivocal, there is no use whatsoever for guns to be used in our community and I call on those responsible for this shooting to immediately desist from their activity."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 November 2019
Suspect Due In Court Over £180k Drug Find
A man charged with a range of drug related offences following the seizure of £180,000 worth of controlled substances is due in court today, Wednesday 13 November. The suspect, aged 26, was charged after a vehicle containing suspected Class A drugs was seized on Friday 08 November.
01 November 2019
Police Urge Hughes Brothers To Come Forward
The Chief Investigating Officer looking into the deaths of 39 people in a trailer in Essex has urged Armagh brothers Ronan and Christopher Hughes to hand themselves in. Essex Police travelled to Belfast today to issue the direct appeal. It comes over a week since the mass fatality was discovered in a container in Grays last week.
19 November 2019
Harbour Police Join Road Safety Campaign
Harbour Police in Belfast are hoping to lead the way and encourage organisations, schools and community groups to help eliminate death and serious injury from our roads. As part of Road Safety Week, 18-24 November, police will be promoting vehicle and road safety at various locations within the Belfast Harbour Estate.
18 November 2019
Attempted Thefts In Belfast & Lisburn
Police are investigating a link between a number of attempted ATM thefts and ram raid incidents in Belfast and Lisburn. A black coloured Audi car is believed to have been involved in the crime spree on Saturday evening, 16 November.
18 November 2019
Teen Stabbed In Fermanagh Murder Bid
A 13 year-old girl is in critical condition after she was stabbed at a house in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder. Two females suffered stab wounds during the ordeal on Saturday 16 November. A baby was also in the house at the time and was left unharmed. Police received a report at around 9.