Shots hit police vehicles in Ardoyne

Published Thursday, 05 December 2013
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Dissidents are being blamed after three police vehicles were struck by a number of shots in north Belfast.

The gun attack happened as officers were travelling along the Crumlin Road near Brompton Park at around 7.10pm on Thursday.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

Police said their investigations into the incident at the Ardoyne interface are at an early stage but it is being treated as attempted murder.

A burnt car was also found in the area.

Chief Superintendant George Clarke has condemned what happened.

In a statement he said: "Police are treating this attack as attempted murder of officers as they were providing a service to the community of north Belfast.

"It is to be utterly condemned by all right-minded members of society."

Anyone with information has been asked to come forward.

Local DUP MP Nigel Dodds said: "This was a clear attempt to murder police officers with shots fired from Ardoyne at the Land Rovers. Thankfully no one was injured in this attack but it is vital that those responsible are identified and brought to justice.

"This would obviously appear to be the work of dissident republicans.

"I would hope that the community in Ardoyne will stand against those responsible and with the police as they carry out their investigations."

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said: "This attack on the PSNI was reckless and has endanger the local community in Ardoyne.

"Anyone could have been in the vicinity of Holy Cross Chapel at this time which was the direction in which the shots were fired. Fortunately nobody was injured in this attack.

"Whoever was behind this attack need to come forward to this community and explain their actions. To date they have failed to do so and act solely on their own behalf."

Alliance councillor John Blair said: "The majority of the public are opposed to the actions of those behind this shooting. People do not want to return to the dark days of the Troubles.

"I would urge anybody with any information about this shooting to contact the police."

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pragmatist in Derry wrote (132 days ago):
It never ceases to amaze me how illogical the debate becomes when the issue of Norn Iron ,the North call it what you will. This is the 21st Century. The conflict has been tranformed with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Do you people not get this. Whitehall and Dublin have made their positions clear they are signed up to the GFA. To the flag people it is Whitehall who call the shots you are British on their terms. Remember Harold Wilson past British P.M. " Spongers!" And to those who attempted to murder police officers wheres your mandate. Who do you represent ? Go away and get off the peoples backs.
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (132 days ago):
Paul in Larne you are singularly becoming the most prejudiced, bitter and blinkered person that contributes to this site. Republicanism has, I can assure you, evidently not died. Republicanism has never been in a stronger position in its entire history. SF is the biggest nationalist party, they are the biggest party in Belfast, they co-govern N Ireland, they are on the cusp possibly of being in government in the Rep of Ireland. Electorally and politically they have ever been in a stronger position. Regarding Articles 2 & 3 they were ceded in the spirit of compromise, something I think you'd struggle to understand, and in return the irishness of those in the north was officially recognised and enshrined in law. Furthermore legislation was also enshrined that provided for a vote on reunification if it is deemed there is a desire for it.
Dorothy in Kansas wrote (133 days ago):
Chris in Belfast... We had your idea in 1971, it was called internment...
paul in larne wrote (133 days ago):
it's amazing how republicans/nationalists blame loyalists, it's your people doing this, republicanism died with the good friday agreement when Dublin put aside its territorial claim on n.I. abandoned by the very place you call home
turned on in its head wrote (133 days ago):
@old sod Unlike you I will start by condemning the ira they were and always will be parasites.Now old sod If you weren't so warped in your own head you would acknowledge peoples right to protest peacefully in a democracy.You would be questioning why in a democracy the police are being used in such numbers against a legitimate protest that you have exercised your democratic right and freedom to say you don't agree with.You would ask who made the decision to put the police there?The answer was Baggott who followed the orders of the PC who can LEGALLY make a determination but have no LAWFUL authority to impose a ruling(legal and lawful are very different).You have made it very clear that in your opinion flag protests and parades are childish,in other words they mean nothing to you,and that being the case there should be no problem with putting up the flag and letting people parade and letting police who never needed to be there go about their business.Or is stopping people exercising their right to being able to freely and publicly express an identity other than republican more important to you than the lives of police or anyone else.Instead of condemning the protesters you could have condemned the ira,but in your pretentious nature you act as if you care for the police so as to have a go at protesters.Pathetic!!
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