Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Duffy has called for calm & vigilance after a group of loyalists entered the Tunnel area of Portadown last night. The group threw bottles and stones and chanted pro UVF slogans.
Cllr Duffy said:
‘It would appear some of those gathered at a nearby bonfire entered the Tunnel area intent on causing trouble.
‘ I have spoken to the police today and expressed my serious concerns about the slow response to the incident. Residents were left to fend for themselves while attempting to convince the 999 call centre of the urgency of the situation. Eventually the non emergency 101 number responded to pleas for help. This is unacceptable!
‘The police must ensure there are proper resources in the area to protect residents and their property.”
A spokesperson for the PSNI said:
“Police attended a report of a disturbance in the Obins Street area of Portadown on Monday, 11th July around 1.15am.
There were no reports of any injuries and no complaints were made. Police remained in the area for a period of time and there was no further incident.“