PSNI coping with aftermath of M1 tragedy slam dissident bomb hoax (News)


A senior police officer has hit out at dissident republicans liable for a safety alert in Lurgan whereas his officers supported the household of a person killed on the M1.

The PSNI has additionally known as for an finish to “hurtful, unhelpful and inaccurate” hypothesis over what occurred within the motorway incident.

A person died after showing to step out in entrance of an HGV after parking up on the exhausting shoulder.

It came about near the Lurgan turn-off on the Belfast-bound part round 4.50pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been named regionally as John Watts, who was aged in his late 20s, and a previous pupil of St Michael’s Grammar Faculty in Lurgan.

Mr Watts’ funeral will happen tomorrow.

The household requested for donations in lieu of flowers to the PIPS (Public Initiative for Prevention of Suicide and Self-Hurt) charity.

The lorry driver, in the meantime, is receiving “all mandatory assist”, his employers stated.

In a separate incident yesterday, there was disruption to the rail line at Lurgan after experiences that a number of units had been planted within the city’s Lake Road space.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows claimed these accountable had needlessly diverted police sources within the space.

He tweeted: “While we had been supporting a household bereaved in a tragedy on the M1 and serving the neighborhood all through this space, violent dissidents prompted disruption, delay to rail passengers and a useless diversion of our finite sources from probably the most susceptible in our neighborhood. Despicable.”

The person driving the lorry, an skilled McBurney Transport Group worker, has been left badly shaken.

Ballymena-based McBurney’s operations director Chris Hutchinson stated everybody’s ideas had been with the household of the person who died and that an organization welfare officer had been dispatched to assist the lorry driver.

He stated: “Help was made out there instantly.

“Our driver, who has over 40 years’ expertise with out incident, was supported on the scene and we proceed to supply all mandatory further assist throughout what’s a particularly tough time.

“This was a really unlucky incident and never one which we’d have ever wished to return throughout.”

Yesterday the PSNI urged individuals to not focus on the tragedy on-line.

“Social media has been alive this morning with hypothesis and questions,” a spokesperson stated. “We’d ask that folks respect the household and mates right now, who could be studying hurtful, unhelpful and inaccurate feedback posted on varied pages.

“Please help us should you can, however in any other case let the investigation take its course.”

Belfast Telegraph


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