30 May 2006

Leading loyalist shot in attack


Mark Haddock (circled) was shot near Mossley Mill

Leading Ulster Volunteer Force paramilitary Mark Haddock is critical after being shot in County Antrim.

The attack happened just before 1600 BST near Mossley Mill in the Doagh Road area of Newtownabbey.

It is understood Haddock, 36, has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast with multiple wounds.

He is currently on bail on a charge of attempting to murder doorman, Trevor Gowdy, at a social club in Monkstown nearly four years ago.

Haddock was named in that court case as a leading UVF member. Judgement in the trial has been reserved.

Part of the Doagh Road has been sealed off as police carry out a follow up investigation.

It is understood Mr Haddock had an address in the area for the last two-and-a-half years and had been living there on and off. He is originally from the Mount Vernon area of north Belfast.

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds said he was shocked at the shooting.

"This is an appalling incident which will be condemned by all right thinking people," he said.

"Regardless of circumstances no one has the right to take the law into their own hands and I would call upon anyone with information to assist the police in order to bring those responsible to justice."

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