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Children who threw petrol bombs onto railway line ‘being exploited by dissidents’

Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan Railway

Children are being exploited by dissident republicans according to a high-ranking police officer in Co Armagh.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows says dissidents were to blame for the trouble in Lurgan on Tuesday night, which escalated to a number of youths throwing petrol bombs onto the railway line.

Fortunately the last train had just passed through shortly before midnight when the attack happened.

“Attacking community infrastructure that provides jobs and allows people to travel, socialise with friends, and go to work is disgraceful,” said Chief Inspector Burrows.

He added: “Invariably, it is violent dissidents who put local children up to such petrol bombings.

“However, they are never about when the young people face court or miss out on employment, education and travel opportunities.

“A young person’s future and well-being is of no interest to such people.”

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