Five arrested and questioned in serious crime investigation

Very little detail on this yet, so I’ll just briefly note that 5 people have now been arrested and are being questioned in relation to what is described as “dissident republican activity in Lurgan”. 4 were arrested in what seems to be a major operation when, according to eyewitness reports, up to 30 undercover and uniformed officers stopped a car [RealPlayer file] on Thursday night and the fifth was arrested in follow-up searches. From the BBC report Adds Make that six arrested Adds more Make that 6 released without charge

A security operation is continuing near the Kilwilkee estate in the town. Searches are also being carried out on the railway line between Lurgan and Portadown. Police have been attacked by stone-throwers during the operation. A security operation has been continuing near the Kilwilkee estate in the town. Searches on the railway line between Lurgan and Portadown have been suspended for the night but are to resume on Saturday.

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  • heck

    could the DUP use this as an excuse to back out of the SAA?

  • Pete Baker

    heck

    That comment suggests a mis-focus on your part.

  • DK

    I was on the enterprise today from Belfast to Dublin at 6.50 am and back again at 3.20 pm. We had to use a bus between Belfast and Newry on both journeys, so obviously an all day operation. I am feeling very anti-dissident as a result. Why bomb an example of a united ireland, like the rail link between Belfast and Dublin? They should stick to JJB sports and Homebase. Or maybe they should try a real target – if they were serious and not just a bunch of arseholes.

  • SuperSoupy

    DK,

    I don’t think anyone is claiming there was a bomb attempt.

    Though you may believe that given the presentation.

    Some guys were arrested driving a car. That’s the truth of the multi-linked story so far.

  • Kilwilke

    From what I’m picking up is that these were 4 young lads, including the 2 brothers of a prisoner in Maghaberry, who after a few drinks thought it would be great craic to (and solidarity with the brother) to leave a HOAX package on the railway lines. Obviously, the peelers have had this part of the railway under scrutiny (its a “popular place” for hoaxes) and thought they had collared a RIRA or CIRA unit planting a real bomb.
    While not defending the foolish act of the 4 lads,bear in mind that Hugh Orde stated earlier this week, (this can be checked back through Nuzhound)that Lurgan, along with south Armagh and Tyrone, was one of the areas in the North where there was a high level of dissident threat. And then, Lo and behold, a couple of days later, a supposed CIRA/RIRA unit is caught.
    Anyone seriously connected with dissidents in these areas and who would have the slightest piece of gumption would, I presume, have lain low for a month or two after Orde’s statement, At least that’s what I would have done!
    Don’t let the media make these young lads into something that they are not, especially into an ‘active service unit’.
    Even the Shinners are remaing silent on this one, no call to support the PSNI/RUC raids throughout the area, on this ocassion

  • SuperSoupy

    And Slugger’s will of course let this claim stand.

    Can I claim Pete wanks over gay pictures?

  • Token Dissent

    SuperSoupy , can i claim that you are a paranoid, tiresome bully? How can you deny that this is a story worthy of coverage?

    Those bloody secruocrats, diverting DK’s train! When will they just leave the harmless dissident pranksters alone?

  • heck

    suoersoupy

    That comment suggests a mis-focus on your part.

  • susan

    Yeah. What heck said.

    Now there’s a sixth arrested. Anybody have more information?

  • Token Dissent

    Officers attacked last night in Belfast too, when they were in the process of investigating a fire.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6509289.stm

    This horrible fetish for attacking the police and other emergency services is going to cause more death before long.

    The courage that our public servants display should, as ever, be applauded.

  • TOKEN DISSENT,

    Does your applauding of “the courage of our public servants” extend to the “cops” who ran gung-ho through North Belfast a week or two ago in an area packed with children recklessly firing shots at a petty criminal and nearly succeding in killing an elderly woman by shooting recklessly through her front door?

    Does it also extend to their senior officers who attempted to cover it up by blatantly lying in an attempt to link the individual to a republican feud? A lie which has now been fully exposed…

  • Alex S

    Does your applauding of “the courage of our public servants” extend to the “cops” who ran gung-ho through North Belfast a week or two ago in an area packed with children recklessly firing shots at a petty criminal and nearly succeding in killing an elderly woman by shooting recklessly through her front door?

    I agree with ‘macswiney’ the police should simply ask the criminal fraterity to stop all this robbery nonsense and leave it at that!

  • Sean

    Does your applauding of “the courage of our public servants” extend to the “cops” who ran gung-ho through North Belfast a week or two ago in an area packed with children recklessly firing shots at a petty criminal and nearly succeding in killing an elderly woman by shooting recklessly through her front door?

    I agree with ‘macswiney’ the police should simply ask the criminal fraterity to stop all this robbery nonsense and leave it at that!

    Posted by Alex S on Mar 31, 2007 @ 02:06 PM

    Trigger happy cops do nothing for the arguement for support of the pissni

  • Shore Road Resident

    Arguments that four men placing a hoax bomb on the railway line are just “young lads” having a harmless prank are, by contrast, completely convincing.

  • DK

    I don’t care if it was hoax or not. They should be fined and made to travel in a sweaty bus for at least 4 hours. And then kneecapped.

  • Comrade Stalin

    heck,

    every single step of the way you’ve been pouring cold water over anything vaguely positive that happens here. Just what exactly is your problem ?

  • heck

    comrade stalin

    I think the meeting with adams and paisley was just amazing. However I just have a hard time believing it is for real and I am waiting for the upset. I supported the GFA and after the PSNI provided cover for trimble to bring the thing down I have become cynical of any progress. I don’t believe the unionist population want to share power with republicans.

    I am waiting for the DUP excuse to walk away. (I do hope I am wrong though)

  • Observer

    I understand a number of those arrested have been released.
    Sounds familiar.

  • George

    All six have been released without charge Observer.

    On RTE but BBC have yet to report it.

  • When will they get it in to their heads that radical republicanism is dead!! Militant republicanisms day is over.

    For an update on the situation read this new left journal here

    http://ingramsblog.wordpress.com/

  • DK

    Heck: “I supported the GFA and after the PSNI provided cover for trimble to bring the thing down”….

    And yet Trimble went on to be deselected from his own party which also went on to be shattered by defections and the rise of the DUP. I think therefore that your analysis is shite. In fact, as the main beneficiaries of “the thing being brought down” were Sinn Fein and the DUP do you think that maybe the PSNI actually weren’t trying to do anything more than deal with law-breakers – in every sense of the term.

  • DK

    And I still want the book thrown at them. I may have larked about in my youth, but it never involved disrupting major transit routes with fake bombs.

    Actually, now that I think about it, faking a bomb takes planning and is not larking about. This was no “high spirits”, this was serious – or as I put it to my work collegues in Dublin “sorry I was late – another blow for the cause if Irish freedom on the line”.

  • kilwilke

    All six released in Lurgan.
    Disregard my previous message.

    But in Lurgan it appears that to have a family member ON REMAND and still yet to be found “GUILTY” in court makes other family members and their friends also “GUILTY” to the PSNI/RUC.

    This is the same Lurgan-based PSNI/RUC that let the Black Preceptories go down William Street a couple of years ago even though the Parades Commission had ruled no procession could follow that route. (Result – a riot)

    This is the same Lurgan-based PSNI/RUC that, on another occasion, let the Black Preceptories parade comletely through the whole town centre 2 years ago because of a PARKED CAR even though the Parades Commission had said no procession could follow that route.(Result – a riot)

    This is the same Lurgan-based PSNI/RUC that literally escorted loyalists from lamp-post to lamp-post to erect loyalist flags throughout the town centre (twice) last June and July)and who threatened anyone who objected with arrest.

    All this the above is subject to a Police Ombudsman reports.

    Any Gerry A says the days of political policing are over!!! Its time he told the Lurgan peelers that!

  • austin

    Wipe that egg off your face, DK.

    Hope you tell all the lads in work in Dublin that the PSNI got it completely wrong.-some chance!!

  • Henry94

    Ingram

    Your predicted revelations about Nuala O’Loan have failed to materialise

    Anyway after this weekend the public will be a wee bit more wiser about Nuala.

    Listen out for the Rdaio and TV adverts this weekend for a series of accurate disclosures by concerned individuals.

    Is anyone surprised?

  • DK

    “Hope you tell all the lads in work in Dublin that the PSNI got it completely wrong.-some chance!!” –

    Jumping to conclusions there Austin. All I moaned about was that some prats had put a device on the line. Not exactly who did it (although it was certainly dissidents – they are always disrupting the enterprise) or whether the PSNI in Lurgan are any good or not. And if it does turn out to be the PSNI that placed the device as you seem to think, then I hope that they get to ride on a sweaty bus for 4 hours. And fined. And kneecapped.

  • Inver Red

    Hit a reddener, DK-I said that the PSNI did it?

    Unlike you I didn’t make any accusations on this matter,whereas you had virtually convicted these young lads already.

    There’s a good lad-go and eat your humble pie for lunch-break in Dublin tomorrow……..

  • DatzReit

    Was going to post on this thread Saturday but I had to rush out the door to a wedding. Heck is 100% right on this IMO, and if you check threads from last week I predicted that over the next 6 weeks every little prank, every stonethrowing incident, every handbag stolen or jaywalk perpetrated by a teenage nationalist/catholic spide will be reported on the front pages of Unionist ‘news’papers as some kind of a Republican plot, thereby giving Unionist dissidents effective carte blanche to march out of the assembly and collapse the powerharing executive again. And if there can’t be a way found to collapse it before the summer recess, they’ll spend all summer trying to find some other trumped-up charge to blame on. BTW may I say again I hope I’m completely wrong about all this. But judging by the way things are developing it looks like the “No Taigs/Fenians About the Place” mentality, , which caused all the bother in the first instance, is STILL well and truly alive in NI, despite the hard lessons of the last 40 years.