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Halifax confirms commitment to Portadown following recent fire

Fire at the Halifax branch in Portadown

Halifax has committed to reopening on Portadown’s High Street following a recent fire.

The branch was gutted in a suspected arson attack earlier this month.

A 54-year-old man is due in court next month charged with arson endangering life with intent, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and possessing article with intent to damage property.

Upper Bann MP, Carla Lockhart, says the bank has confirmed its commitment to the town – and its usual location – despite the damages

“We were all in shock at the recent fire at Halifax in Portadown,” said Ms Lockhart. “This is a popular bank with a strong local customer base, and much used in terms of footfall.

“With the fire damage resulting in closure, I know there is concern about the future of the bank. I am delighted that Halifax has confirmed to me that they will be reopening as soon as repairs are completed and they are committed to Portadown. This may take some time, but that assurance is most welcome news.

“In the meantime people should avail of other banking options such as Post Office providers, and I am urging Halifax to explore alternative provision in the area as an interim measure to assist customers.

“Local banks are being stripped from our High Street, so it is good that Halifax’s commitment to Portadown is strong.”

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