A large number of paint bombs were among a number of items discovered by police in the Garvaghy Road area on Tuesday.
Officers on routine patrol area noticed several youths behaving suspiciously near the park at around 10.10pm. The youths, who had been attempting to lift a wheelie bin into the grounds of the park, made off on the arrival of police.
The bin along with two others located nearby were found to contain a large number paint bombs, bottles with rags in the necks, golf balls, tins of paint and various other items.
The items were seized and taken away for further examination.
Area Commander, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally said, “Firstly, I must praise our officers who have removed a large number of dangerous items from the streets of Portadown. However, whilst I welcome the removal of these items, I must also stress my concern that they were there to begin with.
“Police along with our partners in the local community have been working hard to ease tensions in the area, particularly in the run up to the busy summer months, though it would seem that some elements are determined to prepare for, and to cause trouble. I believe this to be a very small minority and call upon parents, community representatives or anyone with influence in the community to send a message to those intent on violence that it is not welcome on our streets, and hinders the positive image of Portadown the vast majority of us wish to see. I would ask anyone noticing any suspicious activity or with any information to contact police in Mahon Road on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 088 555 111.”