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Two men arrested in connection with illegal Co Armagh parade

Parade took place back in April

Two men have been arrested in connection with an illegal parade in county Armagh in April.

The men, aged 46 and 23, were arrested in the Omagh area this morning (Monday).

They were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Public Processions Act & Section 13 of the Terrorism Act as part of an ongoing investigation into an unnotified parade in the Lurgan area on April 15

Both are currently assisting police with their enquiries.

The charges are in connection with a parade in the Kilwilkie estate in the town.

The event to commemorate the Easter Rising had not secured the required permission from the Parades Commission.

PSNI Chief Inspector Bernard O’Connor said at the time: “Organisers of parades are required to give formal notification of their intentions.

“Warnings were given to participants and an evidence-gathering operation was in place.”

Upper Bann MLA Doug Beattie MC has expressed his support for the PSNI in light of today’s arrests.

Mr Beattie stated: “There is no place in society for paramilitary parades, regardless of colour”.

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