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Condemnation after “gun attack” on Sammy Wilson’s DUP office

DUP EAST ANTRIM MP SAMMY WILSON

There has been condemnation following a “gun attack” on the office of DUP’s Westminster candidate for East Antrim, Sammy Wilson.


The incident happened overnight in Carrickfergus and was reported to police on Wednesday morning (26th June).


Mr Wilson – who is standing to retain his Westminster seat in East Antrim – said the shooting happened “sometime during the night” and said he has “no indication as to why or who it could have been”.



Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Mr Wilson said:


“Four shots were fired. They shattered the glass in the window. It happened sometime during the middle of the night.


"It was clear the office was targeted as it was only mine but not any of the neighbouring buildings.


"It is just a bit worrying, it is manned by a woman who is there by herself and at election time I usually won’t be in the office too often.


"This is someone who is there to help constituents. There is another member of staff employed in the office as well.


“They are both very tough women and not easily scared, but you do have to have concerns for your staff especially when shots are fired."


“The shocking gun attack on Sammy Wilson’s office is to be roundly condemned. Such activity should have no place in a decent society.


“I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward to the PSNI and trust those responsible are held to account.”



Ian Paisley who is standing in North Antrim to retain his Westminster seat, stated he condemns the absolutely appalling attack on his colleague in East Antrim.


“The general public will not be aware of the serious threat those of us in public life are at times under,” said Mr Paisley. “It is real and specific and unfortunately the hatred of some people storing up anger drives some very bad people to take actions that are illegal.


“My colleague’s office in Carrickfergus was attacked last night. I understand four shots were fired at the building.


“The staff who serve the public and my college will not be deterred by these actions but neither will we be silenced.


“The attack is contemptible.


“I have spoken to Sammy and expressed to him my support and encouragement.”



Police in Carrickfergus say they are investigating a report of criminal damage to a property in the Lancasterian Street area of the town.


District Commander, Superintendent Ian McCormick said:


"Police received a report shortly after 9.30am today, Wednesday 26th June, that damage had been caused to the windows and doors of the premises at some time overnight.


“Officers remain at the scene as part of our investigation to establish the circumstances around this incident.


"As part of our enquiries, we are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area overnight and saw anything suspicious, or who may have CCTV, dashcam or other video footage.


"The number to call is 101, quoting reference 442 of 26/06/24."



Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.   


You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/


Superintendent McCormick added:


“People standing as candidates in our elections or involved in canvassing are a key part of our democratic process and it is unacceptable when they become the subject of abuse. The Police Service is committed to ensuring all candidates in the upcoming election can campaign free from harassment and intimidation. Any abuse, harassment or criminality directed at candidates or their teams is totally unacceptable and will be thoroughly investigated.”



TUV East Antrim Westminster candidate Matthew Warwick condemned the attack saying:


“The shocking gun attack on Sammy Wilson’s office is to be roundly condemned. Such activity should have no place in a decent society.


“I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward to the PSNI and trust those responsible are held to account.”



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