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Dissidents believed to use children in petrol bomb attack on Lurgan railway line

The crossing on Lake Street where the attacks happened / Credit: Google Maps
The crossing on Lake Street where the attacks happened / Credit: Google Maps

Police believe "violent dissidents" may have orchestrated a petrol bomb attack on a railway line in Lurgan carried out by children.

The incident happened at the railway line in Lake Street, Lurgan at around midnight on Tuesday, August 7, resulting in services on the line being stopped for a period of time.

Three petrol bombs were thrown during the incident.

Writing on Twitter, Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said the attack had caused "disruption and distress".

“Attacking community infrastructure that provides jobs and allows people to travel, socialise with friends and go to work is disgraceful," he said.

“Invariably it is violent dissidents who put local children up to such petrol bombings, however they are never about when the young people face court or miss out on employment, education and travel opportunities.

“A young person's future and well-being is of no interest to such people.”

No damage is believed to have been caused to the railway line.

Two youths were seen running from the area in the direction of Kilwilkie estate.

During the attack two petrol bombs were thrown at the railway track, with another one being thrown into the pump house near to the railway line barrier.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference 2 of 8/8/2018.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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