Portadown

  • Residents concerned as youths gather to ‘drink and take drugs’

    on Feb 26, 17 • in Craigavon, Featured, In Your Area, Lurgan, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Residents concerned as youths gather to ‘drink and take drugs’

    Residents have voiced their concerns as dozens of youths gathered together around shops in Craigavon last night (Saturday) There were concerned those involved were drinking, with even some suggestions there was drug use. SDLP party member Thomas Larkham said: “I have been contacted by several concerned residents in relation to the ongoing issue of dozens of young people gathering in and around the Tullygally shops and Pinebank areas of Craigavon drinking and taking drugs. “This is a very serious issue which has been increasing over the past number of months and needs to be urgently

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  • Co Armagh Parcelforce driver resigns after performing sex act on letterbox

    on Feb 24, 17 • in Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown, Tandragee • with No Comments

    Co Armagh Parcelforce driver resigns after performing sex act on letterbox

    A county Armagh parcel delivery driver was forced to resign after he was caught performing a sex act on a letterbox. David Camblin, 52, from Tandragee, appeared before Fermanagh Magistrates’ Court after the owner of the house in question set up CCTV in a bid to discover why there was a puddle in the hallway. Nobody was living in the house at the time. The court heard how the images captured on August 9, last year showed Camblin driving up in a Parcelforce van before getting out, walking to the front door and removing his

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  • First Trust’s ‘total disregard for a community’ is ‘unforgivable’

    on Feb 23, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    First Trust’s ‘total disregard for a community’ is ‘unforgivable’

    The decision to close two First Trust bank branches has been slammed as ‘unforgivable’ following the shock decision last night. News broke last night that fifteen branches across Northern Ireland are to be axed. The Armagh city branch will close on July 7, and Portadown just over three weeks later on August 4. Ulster Unionist Jim Speers, a member of the bank for years, says the move shows “a total disregard for customers and a community that relies on local banking”. Speaking to Armagh I, Mr Speers, said: “I was just watching TV when my wife

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  • Two men to appear in court in relation to arson attacks on police officers

    on Feb 23, 17 • in Banbridge, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Two men to appear in court in relation to arson attacks on police officers

    Two men will appear in court this morning charged with a litany of offences in relation to attacks on serving police officers. The men, aged 26 and 41, have been charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion, three counts of arson endangering life with intent, conspiracy to commit arson, being concerned in the supply of class A, B and C controlled drugs and encouraging or assisting an offence believing it will be committed. They are both expected to appear before Lisburn Magistrates Court this morning, (Thursday). The charges are in connection with an investigation into a

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  • Five to appear in court following arson attacks on PSNI officers’ homes

    on Feb 22, 17 • in Banbridge, Craigavon, Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Five to appear in court following arson attacks on PSNI officers’ homes

    Five people have been charged with arson attacks on the homes of serving officers. Four men and one woman have also been charged with other drugs offences on top of the attacks on the homes of police officers across the county Armagh and Banbridge areas. The serving PSNI members were targeted between April and July last year. Their vehicles and homes were attacked and in some cases destroyed in the Banbridge, Portadown and Gilford areas. Detectives searched properties in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down on Tuesday morning. Four men aged 17, 20, 36 and

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  • Weather warning in place for Co Armagh as Storm Doris arrives

    on Feb 22, 17 • in Armagh, Banbridge, Featured, In Your Area, Lurgan, Portadown • with No Comments

    Weather warning in place for Co Armagh as Storm Doris arrives

    High winds and heavy rain is set so sweep across county Armagh on Thursday as the Met Office issue a yellow weather warning. The Met Office are saying Storm Doris will bring the ferocious weather in off the Atlantic in the next 24 hours. The storm will be at its worst just after it passes across Northern Ireland but it will bring those strong winds and persistent rainfall, which in turn brings their own problems. A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “We have got a fairly active area of low pressure coming in from

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  • Co Armagh town and village centres set for housing boost

    on Feb 22, 17 • in Armagh, In Your Area, Portadown • with No Comments

    Co Armagh town and village centres set for housing boost

    An investment of around £300,000 is set to rejuvenate 15 empty town centre properties across Northern Ireland. The Housing Executive, alongside the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Townscape Heritage scheme, launched a pilot scheme called ‘Heritage in Housing’ last year. Central to the delivery of a Townscape Heritage scheme is a joint funding pot, made up of the HLF grant (between £100,000 and £2million), together with funds from the grantees and any other partners, from which grants are made to private owners (third-party grants). Properties that have been empty above or close to business premises will receive

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  • Witnesses sought as thieves make off with jewellery haul

    on Feb 21, 17 • in In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Witnesses sought as thieves make off with jewellery haul

    Police are appealing for witnesses and information following the report of a burglary at a residential premises in the Ashley Heights area of Portadown. It was reported that between the hours of 7.20pm and 9.45pm on Thursday, February 16, entry was forced to a residential premises in the Ashley Heights area of Portadown through the back door of the property. As a result of the break in a number jewellery items were taken including a gold ring with amethyst and pearl, three gold sapphire rings, a gold bracelet with rubies and pearls, several gold rings as well

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  • Nine people arrested after arson attacks on homes of police officers

    on Feb 21, 17 • in Armagh, Craigavon, Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Nine people arrested after arson attacks on homes of police officers

    Nine people have been arrested in connection with a number of arson attacks on the homes of police officers recently. Detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime Branch working in partnership with Local Policing teams made the arrests after carrying out a number of searches of properties in the Larne, Lisburn and Armagh, Banbridge and the greater Craigavon area this morning. The six men and three women, aged between 20 and 51, were arrested in Larne, Lisburn and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area on suspicion of a range of offences including arson, arson with intent to

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  • Residents warn of suspicious vans breaking into homes and stealing dogs

    on Feb 19, 17 • in Armagh, Craigavon, Featured, In Your Area, News, Portadown • with No Comments

    Residents warn of suspicious vans breaking into homes and stealing dogs

    Concern is growing among residents in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council area after a number of vans have been spotted acting suspiciously in recent days. Hundreds of people are sharing social media posts with photos of the vehicles — one red and another white van — with Republic of Ireland registration plates. It is being claimed that houses are being broken into and dogs stolen. Residents in the Portadown and Craigavon areas were sharing ‘warnings’ on Facebook throughout the day yesterday (Saturday). One Armagh resident contacted us this afternoon to say the vans in

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