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PSNI issues disturbing footage of Lurgan drugs and drinking den where children found drunk, unconscious and abandoned

By Claire Williamson

A disturbing video highlighting shocking incidents at an old factory site in county Armagh has been released by police.

The harrowing incidents occurred at the old factory site on Victoria Street in Lurgan.

Police said it's an area locally known as the Lurgan Drop Off and many parents have left their children there without knowing what goes on.

Officers also warned that the area is used by dissidents to stash weapons and said children could be playing "just feet away from bombs".

The incidents included a 14-year-old boy covered in his own urine and unable to speak, abandoned by his friends, and a 14-year-old girl who was semi conscious and throwing up. Officers had to keep clearing her mouth to stop her choking on her own sick.

Friends had abandoned her and she spent nearly 24 hours in hospital.

Police said the site has become a dumping ground, drug den and drinking spot all at once.

In addition police found several drunk 13-year-old girls with blankets on them sleeping out all night - they had told their parents they were staying at a friend's house.

A 13-year-old boy was discovered collapsed out of sight forgotten by his friends and it was only by chance that police stumbled across him.

Police also recovered a knife and discarded clothing, including underwear.

Officers said: "This isn't a playground. It's a death trap. What's going on there is way beyond anti-social behaviour. It's dangerous.

"Like a building site it's not a safe place for anyone during the day so just imagine it at night.

"Dissident Dan has been known to use the site to hide his weapons. Your kids could be playing just feet away from bomb.

"One exploded last year when no-one was near it. That's how unstable they are.

"Now imagine if your child stepped on something in the dark."

Police have urged parents to know where their children are and to keep them away from the site.

"It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. We don't want to be giving that knock on your door," they added.

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