Police attacked during hoax alert

Published Saturday, 09 June 2012
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Police have come under attack as they dealt with a hoax alert in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

Police attacked during hoax alert
The scene of Saturday's security alert in Craigavon. (© UTV)

Youths threw missiles, including bricks and blast bombs, at PSNI officers who were dealing with a suspect object close to the Lismore roundabout on Saturday afternoon.

A cordon line put in place by police was also removed by youths.

There are no reports of injuries.

A number of homes were evacuated in the Lismore Manor area during the alert, which began shortly before 2pm.

The road between Drumbeg and Ardowen was closed. It re-opened after the object was declared "an elaborate hoax" by army bomb experts.

Earlier, police were forced to issue an appeal for the community's support as they dealt with the suspect device.

A police spokesperson said the PSNI requested "the support of all of those with influence to advise the youths of the damage they are causing and the danger they are putting themselves and others in."

"Police would also ask parents to speak to their children and keep them away from the cordon points for their own safety."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
matthew brogan in craigavon wrote (966 days ago):
Johnny your just making things worse bringing the Orange order into something that was nothing to do with them...
Concerned in belfast wrote (967 days ago):
the police need to go in and sort these rioters out....sasking parents to try and stop republican rioters throwing blast bombs is a joke....get the kid gloves off and go in hard on these rioters before innocent life is lost...if it was loyalists on the streets rioting they would be getting hammered left right and centre....question needs to be asked why the police sit back and let these thugs run riot in this area time after time after time
Anon in Anon wrote (967 days ago):
Another attempted Murder of Police? When will the Chief Constable and our countries leaders come out and speak up against this? The 4th time this week in NI that bombs have been trown in Police. If this were England the country would be in crisis. Our country is in crisis, FACE THE FACTS.
DISGUSTED IN LURGAN in Lurgan wrote (967 days ago):
PEPPER SPRAY these youths that will stop them ! Bring back CS.Or better still spray them with chemicals that will identify them later if they walk under lights that show up Infra red then police can gather them up at a later time. Bottom line is these if these idiotS want to be big boys in a big boys world then they must Accept big boys rules.Tuf they throw missles then they get sprayed SIMPLES !
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