13/02/2015

Petrol Bombs Thrown At Police In Lurgan Hospital Grounds

A group of young people have thrown petrol bombs at police officers responding to anti-social behaviour in the grounds of Lurgan Hospital in County Armagh.

Police have appealed for the public to help prevent further such behaviour at the hospital on Sloan Street.

Upper Bann Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson described the incident as "horrific".

Mrs Dobson said: "Lurgan Hospital is a place of caring and this behaviour must be condemned by everyone. Our emergency services do a difficult job at the best of times but to come under attack from a petrol bomb on a hospital site is absolutely horrific.

"I understand that a traffic barrier was also set alight and that Police have expressed concern at the behaviour of a number of young people in the grounds of the hospital.

"Those who engaged in this behaviour showed no concern whatsoever for the many patients in the hospital as well as the staff who do a marvellous job to care for those most vulnerable in our community.

"I would call on anyone who has any information about last night's incident to contact the PSNI in Lurgan."

(IT/JP)

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