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Three people injured following stabbing incident at Co Armagh graveyard

Three people have been injured following a stabbing incident at a Co Armagh graveyard this afternoon (Monday).

The ambulance service confirmed they have taken three injured people to Craigavon Area Hospital following lacerations to various parts of their bodies.

The incident began at about 3pm at St Coleman’s graveyard on the North Circular Road, in Lurgan, and police said it involved a large number of people.

It followed a funeral earlier.

None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Three ambulance crews, one Rapid Response Vehicle, one paramedic officer and one doctor were dispatched to the scene. The Air Ambulance was also in attendance.

A police spokesperson said: “Police are attending a disturbance in the North Circular Road area of Lurgan involving a large number of people.

“The NIAS are also at the scene. The incident is ongoing. Enquiries are at a very early stage.”

Police have since confirmed a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.

Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd has appealed for calm.

“I want to first of all condemn the multiple stabbings,” he said. Three people are currently being treated for their injuries at Craigavon Area Hospital. That is absolutely unacceptable but the fact that this was at a funeral is all the more concerning.

“Anyone with any information should report it to the PSNI.”I also want to appeal for calm as emergency services at the scene work to bring the situation under control. People should avoid the North Circular Road area.”In the coming days we will meet the PSNI regarding this incident.”

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