Northern Ireland

Nine people arrested at illegal Easter parade in Lurgan

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Image caption Masked men carrying flags marched along the Levin Road in Lurgan on Saturday afternoon

Police have made nine arrests at an illegal Easter parade in Lurgan in County Armagh.

Eight masked men dressed in paramilitary-style uniforms were arrested for taking part in an the march on Levin Road shortly after 13:00 BST on Saturday.

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Image caption It is believed the parade was organised by the Republican Sinn Féin group

A ninth person was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer and obstruction.

A woman was injured during the disturbance and was taken to hospital.

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Image caption A woman was knocked to the ground during the disturbance and suffered an injury

The march is understood to have been organised by Republican Sinn Féin.

Ch Insp Jon Burrows of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said those who take part in unnotified parades "do not represent the majority of people who live in north Lurgan".

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Image caption Police say they have reported people to prosecutors in recent years in relation to the annual march

"Many of those who participate in this event every year are not from the local community," he added.

"The police have attempted to engage with members of this group, advising them to comply with their legal responsibilities in relation to processions."

He added that a "significant number of people" have been prosecuted in relation to the annual march in Lurgan in previous years.