Page last updated at 17:35 GMT, Sunday, 27 September 2009 18:35 UK

Shots fired at house in Ballymena

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A police officer guards the entrance to Ballykeel estate

Three people have escaped injury in a gun attack in the Ballykeel 2 estate in Ballymena, County Antrim.

Police said a number of shots were fired at the back of a house in Orkney Drive at about 0015 BST on Sunday.

Heavily armed police using helicopter searchlight backup sealed off the estate and surrounded a separate house.

DUP assembly member Ian Paisley Junior said he believed the gun attack was linked to a feud between families in the area.

"I'm calling for calm between those who've been involved in what is very clearly a dispute between a number of rival families," he said.

"I think there has to be calm at this point and there has to be a recognition that gun law will not resolve any problem in Northern Ireland.

"What we need to do is sit down and resolve a dispute that has been building for some time - we could have had people killed over the last few days."

Traditional Unionist Voice leader, Jim Allister, said Ballykeel had made "strenuous strides forward and must not be tarnished nor dragged back by such activity".

No arrests have been made. Police said the occupants of the targeted house were shaken but unhurt.



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