Easter Portrush getaway: Police up patrols and train passengers to face security checks
Police and Northern Ireland Railways have upped security measures ahead of the annual exodus to the North Coast over Easter.
Officers will be patrolling the Co Antrim seaside town while security on the trains will be increased in a bid to put a halt to anti-social behaviour. Passengers will be subject to security checks at stations and alcohol found will be confiscated with Translink determined to prosecute those attempting to smuggle drink on board.
Superintendent John Magill said "reckless, disorderly or criminal behaviour will not be tolerated".
He said: "We want to make sure everyone is able to get here safely, have a good time and get home again. We would remind anyone staying on to enjoy the nightlife to drink responsibly and look out for one another.
"Whether you are visiting for a few hours or planning to spend a few days make sure you are in a position to get home safely. There are excellent public transport links and numerous private taxi companies in the town.”
It is our intention to catch those responsible and bring prosecutions to prevent this type of behaviour in future. NI Railways
Veronica McKinney, from NI Railways added: “We will be working closely with the PSNI to clamp down on anti-social behaviour at our stations and halts and on board our trains. We are also rolling out the use of body cameras on our network, alongside our colleagues in Metro; and footage secured by these units can be used as evidence in potential prosecutions.
“Anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour or bringing alcoholic drink on board NI Railways trains is warned that they could face prosecution.
"I would encourage anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour of any kind at NI Railways stations or on board our services to contact us. A £1,000 reward is on offer for information which leads to a successful prosecution”.