Four men arrested after several people stabbed at funeral in Northern Ireland
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Four men arrested after several people stabbed at funeral in Northern Ireland

POLICE have arrested four men in connection with a stabbing incident which occurred at a funeral ceremony in County Armagh on Monday.

The “prolonged altercation” involving a number of people occurred at around 3pm in St Coleman’s graveyard on the North Circular Road in Lurgan, according to the PSNI.

Three injured people were taken to Craigavon Area Hospital following stabbing incidents, with injuries described as non-life threatening.

Chief Inspector Bernard O'Connor said: "Police had worked closely with the bereaved family involved to ensure that the funeral service and interment passed off without incident.

“The disturbance that followed the burial was senseless and put the safety of all the mourners at risk.

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“It was also deeply upsetting for the grieving family. Police acted swiftly to keep people safe and take those involved off the street."

Yesterday, police arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He has since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

This morning, detectives arrested three further men in connection with the altercation; aged 20, 37 and 42.

The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possessing an article with a blade in a public space.

The 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of common assault and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

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The 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, but has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The two younger men remain in custody.

On Facebook, Craigavon PSNI said: “We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who sees any bladed or pointed weapons in the area of North Circular, Lake Street, Antrim Road, North Street or William Street.

"DO NOT touch them, but phone us immediately please."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is urged to contact the PSNI on 447.