Dickson condemns paramilitary-style assault on teenager

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has condemned a paramilitary-style assault on a teenager outside Ballymoney, and said there needs to be a continued challenge to those behind such incidents.

The incident happened around 3.30am today (Sunday) at a property in Moneycannon Road. The 18-year-old was shot once in each arm and leg by intruders. He was taken to hospital, where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

“There can be no acceptance for such attacks. Paramilitary assaults and coercive control must always be challenged,” said Mr Dickson.

“Those with knowledge behind this and other similar brutal and vile attacks need to come forward and provide information to the police. This scourge on our society must be addressed. Far too often, those responsible for such attacks escape justice and there is a sense of impunity to their actions.

“It is important all stakeholders support the implementation of the Paramilitary Action Plan and the work of the PSNI’s Paramilitary Taskforce, and stress the importance of effective policing in the community and the development of a culture of lawfulness.”

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