Northern Ireland

Fifteen-year-old boy shot in both legs in Coleraine

Media captionThe three men entered a house at Glebe Avenue

A 15-year-old boy has been shot in both legs by masked men in Coleraine.

The three men entered a house at Glebe Avenue at about 05:00 GMT on Monday and shot him. One of the men was also carrying a baseball bat.

The victim has been taken to hospital. Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

SDLP MLA John Dallat said it was a "brutal and ruthless" act, and he was concerned it might happen again.

"This is the second such incident in the area in recent weeks," he said.

"No-one knows whose child could be the next victim of such a gang."

Mr Dallat said he believed loyalist paramilitaries were responsible.

"I would also ask the chief constable, in light of this attack, to revise his position in respect of loyalist paramilitaries who are clearly flouting the terms of their ceasefire.

"Gangs of this nature must not be allowed to abuse members of this community and deliver their perverse concept of 'justice'," he said.