Police have arrested three further men in connection with a stabbing incident which happened at a funeral in Co Armagh on Monday.

Police said a “prolonged altercation” involving a large group of people happened at the funeral in Lurgan.

It happened at around 3pm on Monday on the North Circular Road, and three people were taken to Craigavon Area Hospital with cuts which were not believed to be life-threatening.

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

The three men arrested are aged 20, 37 and 42.

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

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

Both men remain in custody pending further enquiries.

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

A 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, and has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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