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21/09/2021

Shots fired overnight in County Derry town

A local councillor has condemned the incident.

Shots fired overnight in County Derry town

A local councillor has condemned an incident in which shots were fired overnight at a house in County Derry.

Detectives are appealing for information following the report of shots fired at a property in Kilrea in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday July 27.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough councillor Helena Dallat O'Driscoll, who lives in the town, expressed her shock.

"“I was shocked to learn this morning that shots were fired at a house in this quiet rural area of Kilrea," she said.

"There is no place for guns on our streets and while I am glad that nobody was injured during this incident the end result could have been much worse. 

“My thoughts are with the occupants of the house who have understandably been left badly shaken following their ordeal. I also welcome the swift action of police in already making an arrest in connection with this incident.

"I hope that whoever was behind this callous attack is apprehended as soon as possible and punished appropriately and this dangerous weapon is taken out of circulation. 

“I would appeal to anyone in the local area who saw or heard anything about this attack to come forward to police and help them with their enquiries.” 

Detective Inspector McKenna said a 27-year-old man had been arrested.

“We received a report, just after midnight, that shots had been fired at a house in the Drumsaragh Road area," said DI McKenna.

“The occupants, while thankfully uninjured, have been left badly shaken.    

“A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.  He remains in custody at this time.

“Our enquiries are continuing, and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who may have captured dash cam footage, to contact us on 101 quoting reference 12 of 27/07/21.

"Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org." 

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