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Christmas/New Year policing: 37,000 motorists stopped in Belfast city checkpoints

Busy festive policing results in 65 arrests and seizure of £35,000 of class A drugs

By Joanne Sweeney

Motorists in Belfast city centre were stopped 3,769 times in vehicle check points over the Christmas and New Year period, the PSNI have reported.

From the 36,917 motorists stopped, 222 road traffic offences were detected in the PSNI's high visibility operation which also resulted in the recovery of £35,000 of class A drugs.

However, while there were 65 arrests made in the city, most of them were for begging and theft.

“The high visibility policing operations focused on policing plan priorities - such as reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads, reducing the number of burglaries and dealing with the issues of domestic abuse, antisocial behaviour and drugs," said Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw.

"Planned vehicle checkpoints also assisted in minimising opportunities for any terrorist incident."

Out of the 222 detections for road traffic offences, there were 25 arrests for drink driving offences, 45 detections for excess speed and 92 careless/inattention driving offences.

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