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Teenager (14) arrested over hoax security alerts in Lurgan

By Anne Madden

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in relation to a series of security alerts that wreaked havoc in a Co Armagh town.

Detectives investigating a spate of hoax suspicious objects in Lurgan were questioning the teenager in custody last night. There have been more than 10 security alerts in the past week across Northern Ireland — four of which have been in the Lurgan area.

All of the alerts in Lurgan turned out to be hoaxes, but caused considerable disruption. There were two security alerts at a school in Francis Street within the past week — one last Friday and one earlier this week.

The alert this week led to a number of people having to leave their homes, and St Francis' Primary School and St Paul's Junior High School were closed.

Craigavon Borough Council mayor Stephen Moutray said he hoped the perpetrators will be caught.

“I hope police can apprehend whoever is responsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, there was a security alert in Larne, Co Antrim, last night after a suspicious object was discovered near a nursing home at Dunboyne Avenue.

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