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Appeal for "level heads" after van set on fire in Lurgan

The railway line between Lisburn and Portadown was closed in both directions last night after a van was set on fire in Lurgan. Images of the vehicle on fire at Bells Row Court in the Kilwilkee area were posted on Facebook shortly after 7pm.

The railway line between Lisburn and Portadown was closed in both directions last night after a van was set on fire in Lurgan.

Images of the vehicle on fire at Bells Row Court in the Kilwilkee area were posted on Facebook shortly after 7pm.

Police said a bus replacement service was in operation for rail users and motorists had been advised to avoid the area,

The incident took place just a short distance from where a rail worker was approached and threatened by a gun man last Saturday morning.

SDLP council candidate Thomas Larkham called for "level heads".

"I would presume this type of incident is trying to call police into the area," he said.

Mr Larkham said there were "quite a lot of young ones" at the scene, adding that some parents had been seen arriving and "taking their children away".

"I would appeal for calm and for everybody to keep level heads".

Posting on Twitter, DUP assembly member Carla Lockhart said: "Once again, the town of Lurgan being held to ransom. A car has been hijacked and set alight. When are these despicable individuals going to realise the community don't want this. We need political and community support to stop this".

Posting on Facebook, Belfast republican Dee Fennell said: "Hearing from Lurgan that there is some long overdue civil disobedience on the streets this evening".

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