Condemnation after prominent loyalist is shot

The return of violence to the streets of Carrick has been condemned after a prominent loyalist was shot in the leg in Castlemara on Friday night.

Willie Cameron, who was politically active with the Ulster Democratic Party and Ulster Political Research Group, was out walking close to the Castlemara shops around 7.30pm when he was approached by three masked males and shot in the calf.

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The former independent council candidate, who is in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment for a single gunshot wound.

It is believed the three attackers made off on foot, however, their direction of travel is unknown at this time.

Commenting on the incident, Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe said: “People are apprehensive about a return to this type of activity; we thought those days were in the past. Clearly this activity is wrong and we want to make sure it doesn’t become the normality.”

Condemning the “despicable” attack was East Antrim MLA, Roy Beggs. “It is deeply regrettable that a gun has been brought onto our streets and the police will have been diverted from their normal duties to investigate this serious incident,” he said. “Shooting a man in the leg is a violent crime. It creates a victim and can result in long term scars, a disability or worse.

“Further demands are added to our already heavily pressed NHS ambulance service, emergency departments and the local police.”

PSNI Superintendent Ryan Henderson said: “I would appeal to anyone with any information to bring it to police immediately in order to assist officers in removing the dangerous individuals who carried out this attack from our streets and putting them before a court of law.

“Anyone who witnessed the shooting or anyone with any information relating to it can contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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