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M1 death: PSNI chief hits out at 'despicable dissidents' as officers support family

Respect family and friends and end speculation police ask public

By Jonathan Bell

A senior police officer has hit out the dissident republicans responsible for a security alert in Lurgan while his officers supported the family of a man killed on the M1 on Wednesday.

Police have also asked the public to end speculation over what may have happened in the motorway incident.

There was disruption to the main Belfast to Dublin train line on Thursday morning after reports several devices had been planted in the town's Lake Street area.

The incident came just hours after the emergency services dealt with a horror incident on the M1 near the Lurgan junction. In that a male pedestrian was hit by a heavy goods vehicle. The road was closed for several hours.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows apologised for the inconvenience caused by the alert.

Taking to Twitter he said those responsible sought to needlessly divert finite PSNI resources in the area.

He tweeted: "Whilst we were supporting a family bereaved in a tragedy on the M1 & serving the community throughout this area, violent dissidents caused disruption, delay to rail passengers & a needless diversion of our finite resources from the most vulnerable in our community. Despicable."

Meanwhile, following social media speculation as to what happened in Wednesday evening's incident, police have asked the public to be mindful of the grieving family.

"Social media has been alive this morning with speculation and questions," an officer said in a Facebook post.

"We would ask that people respect the family and friends at this time, who may well be reading hurtful, unhelpful and inaccurate comments posted on various pages. Please assist us if you can, but otherwise let the investigation take it's course.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time, and specialist officers are in place to help them in whatever way we can."

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