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Stacey Dooley investigates Belfast paramilitary punishment attacks in new documentary

By Sarah Tulloch ·

Stacey Dooley outside Divis Tower, Belfast. Photographer: Joseph McAuley.

The latest episode in the Stacey Dooley Investigates docuseries will take a look at paramilitary-style punishment attacks in Belfast.

Reporter Stacey Dooley meets people who have been shot as well as people within affected communities who are standing up to the attackers in Stacey Dooley Investigates: Shot By My Neighbour.

Dooley follows those trying to combat a rising tide of punishment attacks, including kneecappings, as the documentary takes viewers to the frontline of this everyday terror as it unfolds. She also tries to speak to some of those behind the attacks.

The attacks are directed mostly at men under 30, and increasingly children under the age of 16, as paramilitary gangs target those responsible for 'antisocial behaviour' such as drug dealing, car theft, vandalism, ‘disobedience’ and ‘disrespect.’

They might expect to be shot in the legs or be beaten with baseball bats for such behaviour.

Dooley previously made a visit to Northern Ireland following the General Election in 2017 for an episode in her renowned docuseries, during which she aimed to find out more about supporters of the DUP and Northern Irish politics.

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Shot By My Neighbour available on the BBC iPlayer from Monday, September 10 at 10pm and will air on BBC One Northern Ireland on Tuesday, September 18 at 11:10pm

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Stacey Dooley outside Divis Tower, Belfast. Photographer: Joseph McAuley.