CRAIGAVON PSNI area commander, Anthony McNally, has thanked the majority of people in Portadown for the “respect and calm” displayed during the parading season - despite minor disorder.
The Chief Inspector said, “The vast majority of people in Portadown contributed to a successful week where parades and events were able to take place without incident. There were, however, a small band of individuals intent in raising tensions on July 11, 12 and 13.
“On July 11 in particular seven petrol bombs were thrown at police from the Obins Street and Tunnel area. Fencing at the train station was also set on fire in an attempt to lure police into the area.
“The community should rest assured that disorder will not be tolerated and we are robustly investigating these incidents. Those who take part in disorder should be aware that they will face the consequences of their unwanted and dangerous actions. Two people have already been charged with riotous behaviour and we will continue to bring those responsible before the courts.”
He continued, “It is also important that all the community and elected representatives continue to work together, and with police, to ensure Portadown is portrayed in a positive fashion in order to attract trade and industry to the town. The local community must realise that this small band of individuals have the potential to drive investors away from the town, ensuring that jobs for our young people are taken elsewhere.
“We will continue to work with all interested parties to continue to improve the quality of life for everyone in Portadown and increase confidence in local policing. I am asking anyone with information about the disorder on July 11 to contact us in Portadown on 0845 600 8000.
“If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”