Van hijacked and petrol bombs thrown

Police PSNI officer scene

Police PSNI officer scene

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A van has been hijacked and petrol bombs thrown at police in Lurgan in the early hours of this morning (Monday, March 28)

Shortly after 4:30am, police received a report that a van had been set on fire at the Lake Street railway junction in the town.

Police said the van had been hijacked earlier in the Kilwilke estate.

Three petrol bombs were thrown at police at the scene. There are no reports of any injuries.

Lake Street in the town remains closed.

Train passengers are being transferred by bus between Portadown and Lurgan stations. Those using the Enterprise service are being ferried by bus between Newry and Belfast Central Station.

Local Councillor Crala Lockhart said she is in ongoing contact with Superintendent David Moore following the problems on the railway line and the attacks on the PSNI.

She said: “Please be assured that the PSNI are working to ensure the parade takes off on time and remains calm. The railway line will remain closed for a period of time and our thoughts are with the individual whose van was hijacked and set alight.

“Today as we prepare to parade/watch the Apprentice Boys parade in Lurgan can I encourage everyone to remain calm.

“There is a republican agenda to have us pulled into controversy and ultimately see our young people arrested and end up with criminal records.

“There is also the worry that someone will get badly injured. PLEASE PLEASE refrain and think twice before doing anything rash. Remember to ALWAYS ACT WITHIN THE LAW!

“Walk tall and proud. We as a community have no need to stoop to the levels of others. Our aim is for a peaceful, dignified parade aimed at honouring our forefathers.”