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Northern Ireland rail services disrupted as police probe second bomb alert in 24 hours

By Staff Reporter

Published 25/01/2016

Carla Lockhart DUP
Carla Lockhart DUP

A DUP councillor has hit out at those behind a security alert which has caused havoc for rail users in Lurgan.

Initially, police were called out on Sunday morning and searched the track between Lisburn and Portadown.

The alert was declared over at around noon after nothing untoward was found. But two hours later, services were disrupted again as police investigated a report of an explosive device having been left near the train line at Lake Street, Lurgan.

Translink put on a bus substitution service between Lisburn and Portadown during the alert, and said it expected this morning's rail services to be affected.

DUP councillor Carla Lockhart said: "Once again local people have been subjected to this ill thought-out action by individuals who want to destroy, disrupt and ultimately take life. The security alert on the railway lines at Lake Street is causing major problems for Translink, commuters and tarnishes the good name of Lurgan again."

Police figures show there have been almost 700 security alerts in Northern Ireland since January 2013.

Ms Lockhart said this was the third alert in the area within a matter of months. Train services in Co Armagh were hit in October when a suspicious object was spotted on the railway line at Lurgan.

The line was closed for two hours to enable a search, but nothing sinister was found.

Last March, police were pelted with bottles and stones during a security alert that caused major disruption in Co Armagh for over 24 hours.

In another incident, at Lurgan, two suspicious objects were declared elaborate hoaxes.

"It is wearing thin with the local people," Ms Lockhart added."I would call on the PSNI to continue their efforts to thwart the plans of those who seek to disrupt."

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