we must stand together to beat the criminal bully boys

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It is Saturday morning in Belfast and, after a day of bomb alerts yesterday, we hear from the BBC about another two shootings of young men in our country.

Men injured in shootings in Belfast and Sion Mills

A 22-year old man has been shot in the ankle in a so-called punishment style shooting in north Belfast.

It happened at Saunderson Court, close to the Oldpark Road on Friday night. His injuries are not life-threatening.

In a separate incident, a 20-year-old man has been shot in the leg in County Tyrone.

It happened in a playing field in the Glebe area of Sion Mills at about 2315 BST on Friday. The man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

from BBC News Northern Ireland

All too often we hear about paramilitary style shootings here in Northern Ireland. Local politicians may be in charge up at Stormont in the Assembly, but on the ground it seems that local people are still being terrorised by criminal gangs. We also have had many bomb alerts in or near Belfast in recent days. The people of Northern Ireland are fed up by these attacks on our peace and democracy.

There must be people in our communities who know who is responsible for these attacks. I call on them to contact the Police Service of Northern Ireland as soon as possible, so that the Criminal Justice system can be used to put these criminals, thugs, and bully boys behind bars. Let’s hope that the Prison Service and Probation Service will be able to work together with other agencies to reform the criminals in our midst.

You can contact the PSNI onĀ 0845 600 8000 or if it is an emergency by dialling 999.