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Garvaghy Road: Man charged with attempted murder after Portadown assault

Councillor says it appears to have been a random attack

A 50-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after two men suffered serious injuries during an attack in the Garvaghy Road area of Portadown, Co Armagh.

Police say the pair were attacked by a number of men brandishing weapons shortly before 4.30am on Sunday.

The two victims, aged 22 and 25, were taken to hospital after sustaining head injuries in the attack.

The man, who has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and other offences, will appear before Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Earlier police said a car, which was found burned out in the Drumnagoon Road area, may have been related to the incident.

Upper Bann MLA Jonathan Buckley said it was “a very serious attack carried out by dangerous individuals”.

“There can be no place for such violence in our community,”  he said.

SDLP councillor Declan McAlinden said it appears to have been a random attack.

"The people in this community are a proud community, and they absolutely don't want this kind of activity in the area," he said.

Police and forensic officers attended the scene of the attack to conduct searches of the area on Sunday morning. It is understood they recovered a hammer.

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The scene early on Sunday morning at the Garvaghy Road-Ashgrove Road junction, Portadown. Photo by TONY HENDRON/Tonypixnews

The Garvaghy Road has reopened after what police described as "a major incident".

"The Garvaghy Road closure is now lifted and all traffic can pass freely," the PSNI said.

Detectives in Lurgan have appealed for information.

Garvaghy Road closure now lifted and all traffic can pass freely. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Posted by PSNI Craigavon on Sunday, August 13, 2017

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