‘Paramilitary link’ to McIlhagga death?

A man has been injured in a shooting in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.The man in his 40s was shot a number of times in both legs and an arm in the Finvoy Road area at around 9.45pm on Thursday..PIC STEVEN MCAULEY MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
A man has been injured in a shooting in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.The man in his 40s was shot a number of times in both legs and an arm in the Finvoy Road area at around 9.45pm on Thursday..PIC STEVEN MCAULEY MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

A police chief says there may be ‘some linkage’ between a spate of ‘paramilitary style’ attacks in the Ballymoney area and the murder of Brian McIlhagga back in January.

Last week, two men were shot in separate incidents in Ballymoney and Bushmills.

The first took place in Bushmills on March 17th when a man in his 30s was shot in both legs. Then on Thursday night, a man in his 40s was shot in both legs and an arm in the Finvoy area.

Meanwhile, last Monday a 45-year-old man was beaten with baseball bats in the Carnany area of Ballymoney.

Speaking in Ballymoney Police Station on Friday, Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said that police were ‘seeking to investigate the possibility of some linkage’ between the two shootings, the assault and the murder.

“CID are investigating these crimes, but I would at this stage make an appeal for information. Someone in the community knows something.

“Crimes of this nature are not acceptable - the people carrying these out are protecting their own interests, not those of the community.

“There can be no condoning of this type of activity.

“We saw in January how things can escalate - a punishment shooting can always be inches from becoming a murder.”

Warning the community against seeking help from paramilitaries, he said: “This kind of help is never free, you will always owe them something.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.