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Police ambushed with paint and petrol bombs while investigating hoax device

A man has been charged in connection with the incident.

File photo.
File photo.
Image: PA Archive/Press Association Images

POLICE IN LURGAN, County Armagh, were ambushed by a gang last night who threw paint and petrol bombs at them.

Police were responding to a report that two youths had run up to a railway control hut in Lake Street and informed the controller inside that there was a device on the line.

As a result, a number of trains were stopped from using the railway line.

When police arrived at the scene they came under attack from a crowd who threw a number of missiles, including a paint bomb and petrol bomb at them as they attempted to clear the area.

A 30-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with disorderly behaviour and two counts of criminal damage to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court today.

PSNI bomb technicians attended the scene and declared the suspect device a hoax.

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