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Suspected machine gun found in abandoned car in Lurgan

A suspected machine gun has been discovered in an abandoned vehicle in Lurgan.

Detectives are appealing for information after a silver Hyundai using fake number plates was found by police on Sunday January 14.

It had been parked in the Deeney Drive area for a number of days prior to its discovery.

Detective Inspector Harvey asked: "Did you see this car being parked by anyone? Did you see anyone or any vehicles acting suspiciously in and around this vehicle over the past week?

“If so, would you please contact Detectives at Criminal Investigation Branch, Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 401 15/01/18. It does not matter how insignificant you may think your information is, it may help piece together the movements of those responsible and bring them to justice.

"If you do not want to contact police directly information can also be provided to the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

DUP MP for Upper Bann David Simpson commended the swift action along with the member of the public in dealing with the incident.

"It is likely that this weapon has been used in violent crime and I want to commend the member of the public for alerting police to the suspicious activity of the vehicle where the suspected machine gun was found," he said.

"Police forensics will now carry out their investigations and identify possible links to criminal activity.

"It is deeply concerning that whoever abandoned the weapon did so with reckless intentions towards the local community."

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