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Dismay at yet another rail alert on Lurgan line

By Staff Reporter

Security alerts in Lurgan have cost the PSNI an estimated £74,000 since the middle of January, a DUP councillor has said.

Carla Lockhart said people of Lurgan are "fed up, frustrated and disgusted" after another security alert on the rail line in the Co Armagh town caused disruption.

The alert began yesterday morning after reports that a suspicious object had been left on the line at Lake Street.

Just before 10am police said searches had revealed nothing untoward and the train line later reopened, though services faced delays.

Ms Lockhart hit out at those involved in the alert, which she said had caused havoc for residents, commuters, Translink staff and the PSNI.

"Once again Lurgan people are being held to ransom by the actions of mindless individuals, who want to destroy, disrupt and ultimately take life," she said.

"This security alert on the railway lines is causing major problems for Translink, commuters and brings the good name of Lurgan into disrepute again."

The DUP woman said the alert had cost the taxpayer "an absolute fortune with £74,000 alone being lost on policing" since mid January.

Last month, a crowd of more than 30 rioters bombarded police with petrol and paint bombs, bricks and bottles.

At one point a gunman fired at least one shot at police lines.

Officers had been lured into the area by a bomb warning at the railway line, leading to the cancellation of trains.

There has been an increase in dissident republican activity in Lurgan in recent months, with several bomb alerts causing disruption on the railway line.

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