Belfast Telegraph

Lurgan security alert: Lisburn to Portadown rail line reopens as Cornakinnegar Road policing operation continues

The rail line between Lisburn and Portadown has reopened following a security alert in Lurgan.

The policing operation in Cornakinnegar Road area of Lurgan is ongoing.

Police said there is a "significant ongoing operation in relation to serious crime".

Detective Inspector Adrian Brown said: "The policing operation will continue in the area in order to ensure the safety of all.

"Whilst we attempt to keep disruption in the area to a minimum I would again like to thank the community for their patience and co-operation.

"I would also appeal to anyone who has noticed any suspicious activity in the Cornakinnegar Road area in recent days to contact police in Lurgan on 101."

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart condemned those responsible for the alert which is "causing havoc for residents, commuters, Translink staff and the PSNI".

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

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

"This is costing the tax payer an absolute fortune with thousands of pounds being lost on policing such events. The vast majority of people in both north and south Lurgan want to live peaceably and get on about their business. These individuals have little support and in fact this ongoing disruption future corrodes their position within the town of Lurgan.

"I would call on the PSNI to continue their efforts to thwart the plans of those who seek to destroy and that the public please report any information you may have in connection with this latest attack. It is vital that any information is passed to the PSNI to help bring these individuals before the courts and ultimately see them face the full rigours of the law.

"I met with the PSNI recently to discuss dissident activity and will be following up with a further discussion this week to ensure sufficient resources are available to tackle this ongoing threat. Speaking with the PSNI, this operation is likely to continue to for some time."

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