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Police officer shot in north Belfast attack

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A PSNI officer has been shot in north Belfast.

It is understood the officer was wounded in the arm during the incident, which happened at a filling station on the Crumlin Road at about 7.30pm on Sunday.

The area has been cordoned off and there is a substantial police presence around the scene.

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland, which represents the PSNI rank and file, has condemned the shooting.

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Dissident republicans have been blamed and political representatives from across party divides were quick to denounce the perpetrators.

DUP leader Arlene Foster described the attack as "the work of cowards".

Justice Minister Claire Sugden said it was "sickening, cowardly and reprehensible".

Senior Sinn Féin representative Gerry Kelly said that he understood the incident had been a "drive-by shooting" and that the officer's injuries were not life-threatening.

He added that he "totally condemned" the gun attack and hoped the officer would make a full and speedy recovery.

Nigel Dodds, DUP MP for the area, added: “This is a deeply disturbing incident which echoes back to the kind of terrorism we used to face on a daily basis.

"My thoughts are with the officer who has been injured and I pray that the injuries sustained are not life-threatening and they can make a full recovery."

The SDLP's Nichola Mallon said that those responsible were calculating criminals intent on destabilising a community which continues to make strides toward reconciliation and that they will be rejected by local people.


Man charged over Anita Downey murder

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Police investigating the murder of Anita Downey have charged a 51-year-old man.

Ms Downey, also 51, was found dead at a house in Lurgan in the early hours of Friday morning.

The man is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court on Monday 23rd January

Detective Inspector David McGrory said, “Our enquiries into the murder of Anita are continuing and I would like to take this opportunity to ask the public for their assistance in locating a missing mobile phone which I believe has been missing somewhere in the Lurgan area since around 9pm on the evening of Thursday 19th January.

"I would ask anyone finding a phone anywhere in the Lurgan area to contact detectives at the incident room in Mahon Road station on 101.”


Family treated for smoke inhalation

A man, woman and a small child have been treated for smoke inhalation in hospital after a fire at a house in the early hours of Sunday morning.

At around 4am, police in Coleraine received a report of an oil tank on fire at a property in the Ballycastle Road area.

The blaze spread to a house causing substantial damage and causing the occupants and their neighbours to be evacuated.

The Ballycastle Road was closed for some time whilst emergency services dealt with the incident but has since re-opened.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said, “ The cause of the fire has yet to be established, however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the Ballycastle Road area at around 4am this morning and who may have information which could assist with police enquiries, to contact officers in Coleraine on 101.”

Masked men break into house, threaten woman

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Detectives in Belfast are investigating a report of an aggravated burglary in the Shore Crescent area on Saturday night.

At around 11.20pm, two masked men forced their way into the property and threatened a woman who was in the house at the time.

They caused some damage to the premises before leaving on foot. It is understood no-one was injured in the incident.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson has appealed to anyone who has any information which could assist police with their enquiries to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1286 21/01/17.

Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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