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Police seize ‘improvised heavy duty weapon’ in Lord Lurgan Park

Lord Lurgan Park

Police seized an “improvised heavy duty weapon” as part of a planned search of Lord Lurgan Park on Sunday.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) this evening (Monday) confirmed that an item seized is in relation to an ongoing investigation into violent dissident republicanism.

Amongst the items seized for forensic examination was a partially constructed, improvised heavy duty weapon.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rowland, of the Terrorist Investigation Unit, said: “Using a public park to store such items is irresponsible and demonstrates a complete disregard for the members of this community, including many families and young children who use this park for recreation.

“I want to appeal to anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area of the park or in the local area, or has any information, to contact police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile, the railway barriers at Bell’s Row level crossing in Lurgan are currently closed, as work to repair recent damage is underway.

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