14/07/2004

Petrol bombers besiege Lurgan police station

A crowd throwing bricks, bottles and petrol bombs attacked Lurgan police station at around 8.45pm last night.

The disturbance followed in the wake of a banned Black Preceptory parade through the town, which the police were reportedly forced to allow through when a lorry driver refused to move his vehicle from a cordoned off area.

Local politicians reacted angrily to the decision. Sinn Féin Assembly Member for Upper Bann John O’Dowd, said: “Having met with the Parades Commission in the lead up to this parade I was well aware of the Commissions determination.

“However this evening, in a mirror image of what happened last night in Ardoyne, the PSNI overturned the determination and forced a parade through the nationalist part of the town. This was clearly designed to provoke trouble and this was only averted through the work of local republicans on the ground.”

Minor damage was caused within the police station, but there were no injuries.

(GB)


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