PSNI to be more visible, says MP

Police have vowed to be more visible, after a spike in anti-social behaviour across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area, says an MP.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 3:51 pm

Carla Lockhart said she spoke to PSNI Neighbourhood Policing teams in the ABC district to discuss ongoing issues with anti-social behaviour.

She said a number of incidents were highlighted to her by residents in recent weeks.

“The last 12 months has been difficult for everyone, and I know for our young people the frustration is growing at not getting to meet friends, socialise and enjoy themselves. It is only natural to want to do these things. It is why I am pushing the Executive to consider our young people and their needs when discussing the reopening of our economy and social and leisure activities.

Members of the DUP meet with police to discuss ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour.

“What we don’t want however is large groups of young people gathering and engaging in antisocial behaviour, whether that be on street drinking, petty vandalism or other unwanted activity. This only causes misery to local neighbourhoods and can lead young people into bother. With COVID restrictions in place, we also need to be mindful of the rules in terms of household mixing to protect our own health and that of loved ones. It was good to meet police and to highlight some of the areas most impacted. I have received assurances the PSNI will be more visible in the areas to tackle this behaviour and that is welcome.”

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