Man in critical condition after shooting in north Belfast as PSNI investigate

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot in north Belfast late last night.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) were called to the scene of a shooting in the Hopewell Crescent area of the city at about 11.15pm on Sunday, the Irish Times report.

The PSNI attended along with members from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital where his condition was described as critical.

The PSNI are urging anyone who may have information about the attack or been in the area at the time to contact them as soon as possible.

Detective Inspector Phillips said: "We received a report around 11.15pm, that a man had been shot in the Hopewell Crescent area of the city.

"Officers attended along with colleagues from NIAS. A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical.

"We would urge anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have any information which may assist us with our inquiries to contact 101 or alternatively information can be provided to the independent charity crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Meanwhile, the PSNI have launched an investigation after a suspicious device was found in the Ashgrove Road area of Newry around 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

RTreports that fifteen families had to leave their homes as police investigated a viable explosive device in Co. Down.

Some residents affected by the incident in Newry were housed in the local leisure centre and were supported by the local council.

PSNISuperintendent Norman Haslett said: "Our inquiries are continuing and we are working to establish who is responsible for what can only be described as a reckless act.

"This device could easily have detonated, or have been picked up by anyone, including children.

"Someone could have suffered serious injury."