Gunshots fired into children’s bedroom during ongoing Larne feud

There have been calls for decisive police action after shots were fired into the bedroom of three sleeping children in Larne as part of an ongoing feud.

The BBC reported the children were aged 10, seven and three. Police said that around 1.50am on Monday two masked men with shotguns hijacked a Volkswagen Bora in the Craigy Hill area of the town. The car was then driven to a Brustin Brae Road house, where shots were fired at the property and the car was set alight.

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 11th September 2017The scene on the Brustin Brae Road outside Larne in Co. Antrim where shots were fired at a property along with a vehicle being set on fire in the early hours of Monday morning. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast – Northern Ireland 11th September 2017The scene on the Brustin Brae Road outside Larne in Co. Antrim where shots were fired at a property along with a vehicle being set on fire in the early hours of Monday morning. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

The children’s mother, Aislinn Hassin, told the BBC she blamed paramilitaries who were trying to harm her ex-husband, whose mother owns the property. She is now considering moving.

“It has to stop,” she said. “They’ve taken a disliking to him. Somebody needs to help and sort this, and we’ve been to loads of people to try to get it sorted.”

Two other houses belonging to family members have been attacked in the past.

Supt Darrin Jones said: “The local community will continue to see an increased police presence in the town to provide reassurance and deter those involved in this feud from engaging in further criminal actions.

“I would strongly urge those on all sides to reconsider their position and to resolve these matters without any added escalation in violence. We do not want to see more damage caused to property or life.”

In a separate incident, a house was badly damaged and two cars destroyed in an arson attack in Magee Park in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson called on the public to give information to the PSNI, while UUP MLA Roy Beggs and DUP MLA Gordon Lyons both urged the police to step in and bring the attacks “to an end”.


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Larne: Shots fired into bedroom as children sleep

House with burnt-out car

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A car was burnt out during the attack in Brustin Brae Road

Three children, aged 10, seven and three, were asleep in a house in County Antrim when shots were fired into their bedroom on Monday morning.

The gun attack took place at a detached house in Brustin Brae Road, Larne. Shots were also fired into the hallway. No one was injured.

A car was also set alight and destroyed in the attack.

Police have linked the attack to an ongoing feud, and said there would be an increased PSNI presence in Larne.

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Aislinn Hassin said she was considering moving house

The children’s mother, Aislinn Hassin, told the BBC she blamed paramilitaries who were trying to harm her ex-husband, whose mother owns the property.

“It has to stop. They’ve taken a disliking to him. Somebody needs to help and sort this, and we’ve been to loads of people to try to get it sorted,” she said.

“The PSNI know who it is and there’s nothing being done,” Ms Hassin added. “The PSNI aren’t helping but maybe this might give them a shock.”

She said she was now considering moving house.

Supt Darrin Jones said: “The local community will continue to see an increased police presence in the town to provide reassurance and deter those involved in this feud from engaging in further criminal actions.

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A number of bullets struck the house

“I would strongly urge those on all sides to reconsider their position and to resolve these matters without any added escalation in violence. We do not want to see more damage caused to property or life.”

Police said they were investigating reports that two masked men, armed with suspected shotguns hijacked a Volkswagen Bora in the Craigyhill area at about 02:00 BST, after threatening the two occupants.

‘Set alight’

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The car was left a burnt-out wreck

They believe the vehicle was driven to a property in the Brustin Brae Road where it was set alight outside a garage. They also received a report that shots were fired at the property.

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Bullet strikes on a window in the house

East Antrim DUP MLA Gordon Lyons said the continuous attacks were causing were causing “untold reputational damage” to Larne.

“I intend to meet with the PSNI in the coming period to discuss this ongoing spate of attacks and impress upon them the need to bring this madness to an end,” he said.

The UUP’s Roy Beggs called for increased police patrolling to bring the situation under control.

“With the ongoing gang feud there appears to be an increasing risk that members of the public could get caught up in it,” Mr Beggs said.

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson called on people to assist the police.

“It is extremely worrying to hear this news today and we must be thankful that this incident did not end in a complete tragedy for this young family,” he said.

In a separate incident, a house was badly damaged and two cars destroyed in an arson attack in Larne in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Firefighters put out the blaze at the house in Magee Park.


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Beggs calls for increased police patrolling in Larne following latest Larne attacks

Following the latest in a series of arson attacks and a hijacking, Roy Beggs MLA has called for increased police patrolling and for the public to provide information to help end the intimidation and feuding in Larne.

Roy Beggs MLA said, “The arson attack on two cars in Magee Park resulted in extensive damage to the adjacent home. We must thank the Fire & Rescue Service for their speedy response in putting out the fire and thankfully I am unaware of reports of anyone been seriously injured.”

Subsequently in Craigyhill, a Volkswagen Bora was hijacked by 2 masked armed men.

The local Ulster Unionist MLA said, “It must be of concern to the entire community when a car is hijacked at gun point. I am sure the occupants of the car will have been traumatised. I am led to believe that the car was then driven to an address on the Brustin Brae Road and then set alight – troublingly, there has been a report of gun shots at the property. With the on-going gang feud there appears to be an increasing risk that members of the public could get caught up in it.

I have spoken to the local Police commander and call for addition police activity to help bring the series of attacks to an end. I would call for the feuding to end and would also urge the public to assist the PSNI with any relevant information directly or if preferred via the confidential CrimeStoppers number 0800 555 111.”

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Mayor blasts second petrol bomb attack

The mayor of Mid and East Antrim has slammed a petrol bomb attack at a house in Larne which has been targeted for a second time.

Cllr Paul Reid says these attacks must stop immediately.

Police at the scene in April.

Police at the scene in April.

He stated: “This totally reckless attack is to be condemned by all right-thinking people.

Several petrol bombs were thrown at the property causing scorch damage to a front room at around 1.00 am on Monday. No-one was in the house at the time.

The mayor said: “Those responsible showed a complete disregard for the lives of people living in the area.

“This senseless attack could easily have resulted in very serious consequences and it is imperative the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“This community utterly rejects attacks of this nature and they must cease immediately.

“The police investigation is at an early stage and I urge anybody with any information to contact the PSNI on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.”

The property at Killyglen Road in the Craigyhill estate was torched in April when a car was driven into the front of the semi-detached dwelling and set alight.

A man has appeared in court in connection with this incident.

Eleven tit-for-tat attacks have occurred since Easter which have seen a spate of arson attacks on cars and homes across Larne.

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart said: “The police must be given 100 per cent support from the entire community.

“Myself and Roy Beggs MLA, together with Larne Ulster Unionist Councillors Maureen Morrow, Mark McKinty and Andy Wilson have had a series of discussions with the PSNI in recent times. Superintendent Darrin Jones has been left in no doubt that we support the strongest possible police response to the continuing criminality in the Larne area.

“Dealing with these problems is something which needs the support and co-operation of the entire community and I know the PSNI will be launching a major initiative in the next few weeks.”

Mr. Stewart added: “Of course all political parties should be unequivocal in their condemnation of these attacks. Unfortunately, Oliver McMullan, the former Sinn Fein MLA, has a political agenda which clouds everything he does and says. He is also no longer an elected representative, so would be ineligible for the forum of elected representatives which he is so keen to see established.

“If he is going to continue to issue statements and if the press are going to continue to quote him, then why has he been so silent on other recent local stories, such as the conviction of a republican bomb maker or the exposure of a large scale fuel laundering and tax evasion scam.

“The Ulster Unionist Party are crystal clear in our condemnation of criminality from whatever source it comes from. We will continue to support the police in the difficult task they have and expect to see action taken to put the drug dealers, the extortionists, the arsonists, the fuel launderers and all the criminal gangsters out of business and into prison, which is where they belong.”

Sinn Féin’s Oliver McMullan has called for the introduction of a PSNI specialist resource group to be set up to tackle the criminal activity in East Antrim.

Mr. McMullan said: “Last night saw yet another attack on the community of Larne when a car was burnt out. This attack comes on the back of the petrol bombing of a house on Sunday night.

“We have seen in the past that specialist resource groups have been sent into areas to deal with other crimes such as car crime and they have proved successful.

“It is now time the PSNI responded to the calls by the community to deal with the criminal activity which is being carried out by loyalist paramilitaries in Larne.

“These groups must not be allowed to continually hold the town to ransom, they must be tackled.

“I am urging the PSNI to do more to bring this crimewave to an end.”

Meanwhile, Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has condemned an arson attack at Ferris Avenue in Larne on Tuesday morning (August 29) and called for anyone with information to come forward to police.

Mr. Beggs said: “Following reports early this morning of the fire in Ferris Avenue, Larne, I am advised that it is now being treated as arson, after being extinguished by the NIFRS.

“Like the vast majority of individuals in the local community, I too would condemn those responsible for this thoughtless and reckless arson attack. It endangered the residents of the house in addition to neighbours and passers-by.

“Similarly, the petrol bomb attack at a house in Craigyhill, which is the second time the property has been targeted this year, could also have endangered neighbours. This shows a complete disregard of the dangers of fire spreading and to human life and should be condemned by all.”

Mr Beggs recently met with local PSNI officers in Larne alongside Ulster Unionist Party Leader Robin Swann MLA, John Stewart MLA and Larne Ulster Unionist councillors on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Mr Beggs, who spoke to a senior local PSNI officer on Tuesday morning about the attacks, added: “I would appeal to anyone with information that could help to identify those behind the arson and petrol bomb attack to contact the PSNI on 101 or alternatively you can share information anonymously through the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.”


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DUP and SF criticised as waiting list numbers at NI hospitals soar



Waiting times in Northern Ireland hospitals are spiralling out of control with no Executive in place, MLAs have warned

By Allan Preston

September 1 2017

Waiting times in Northern Ireland hospitals are spiralling out of control with no Executive in place, MLAs have warned.

The Department of Health figures for the quarter ending June 30 revealed sharp increases in waiting times for first consultant-led outpatient appointments, inpatient and day case admissions, as well as diagnostic appointments.

Almost twice as many patients (64,074) waited more than a year for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, compared to the same time period last year (30,170).

Ministerial targets state that no patients should have to wait this long.

Two-thirds of patients (189,289) also waited more than nine weeks, 43,000 more than in the same time last year.

For inpatient and day case admissions, 11,000 patients waited over a year, almost 4,500 more than last year.

Targets state no patients should wait this long.

Furthermore, 43,732 of patients waited more than 13 weeks for either an inpatient or day case admission, 3,695 more than last year.

In diagnostic services, two-fifths of patients (47,624), waited more than nine weeks, over 14,000 more than in the same time last year.

For diagnostic tests, the targets say no patient should have to wait more than two days for the report turnaround.

Across Northern Ireland as a whole, the rate was 87.7% for the last quarter.

A total of 403,788 tests were reported on and dispatched over the last quarter, 3,238 less than the same period last year.

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw accused the DUP and Sinn Fein of “shirking their responsibilities” and demanded the Executive was restored immediately.

“Implementation of the recommendations of Bengoa (a major review of healthcare in Northern Ireland) is urgently required as they are specifically designed to reform the broken system which leads to far too many people on waiting lists,” she said.

SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan called the situation a “crises” and questioned a previous funding commitment by the DUP and Sinn Fein.

UUP MLA Roy Beggs said the number of people waiting far longer than was medically safe had risen to “an unprecedented and terrifying level.”

He also accused Sinn Fein of putting more value on an Irish Language Act than the welfare of patients.

Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan said his party colleague and former Health Minister Michelle O’Neill had previously set out a clear response to the Bengoa report which included an initial investment to tackle waiting times.

“The DUP should end their opposition to rights and equality so that we can get local ministers back in place and they should immediately withdraw their support for this austerity-driven Tory Government,” he said.

Belfast Telegraph


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