Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has branded those responsible for a shooting, the issuing of death threats and the burning of a lorry in Ardoyne overnight as criminals masquerading as republicans.
The North Belfast MLA said;
“This series of incidents which included a local man being shot and wounded, the issuing of several death threats and a lorry being burned must be condemned outright.
“Those responsible are simply criminals masquerading as Ardoyne republicans. It's as simple as that and the people in the area know that.
“There is no place for such actions in Ardoyne or anywhere else and I’m calling for the threats to be withdrawn.”
"Most bizarrely, those responsible for burning the lorry have attempted to accuse the contractor of installing water meters.
“For these criminal elements to dress their activity up as an attempt to stop water charges flies in the face of the fact that water meters will not be installed because Sinn Féin secured a political agreement to block water charges.
“Work in underway in the area on a much needed multi-million pounds investment in the water infrastructure which has been hard won on behalf of local residents.”
“The workers involved must be allowed to get on with their work to improve the area's water system and do so free of threats and intimidation.” Ends/Críoch