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Stena Line staff under investigation over failed drug tests after medicine theft

Belfast Harbour Police confirmed the matter had been referred to them and is currently under investigation (stock photo)
Belfast Harbour Police confirmed the matter had been referred to them and is currently under investigation (stock photo)
Ralph Hewitt

By Ralph Hewitt

A number of Stena Line staff are under investigation after failing drug and alcohol tests while onboard a crossing between Belfast and Cairnryan.

The company confirmed the checks took place following a discovery that controlled drugs were missing from the ship's medical station.

It is believed that 20 workers were tested and around five had been suspended since the incident.

The Belfast Telegraph asked Stena Line if they could confirm this, however they refused to do so.

Commenting on the incident, Stena Line said that they are now carrying out a full investigation as part of its disciplinary process.

It said: "We can confirm that it was identified through routine inspections onboard, that controlled drugs were missing from the ship's medical station that is in a secure location onboard the vessel, for this reason we carried out a drug and alcohol testing.

"The police were notified immediately.

"The company will not comment publicly in detail on matters of employment."

Stena Line added that as part of their commitment to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its employees and customers, they carry out a number of alcohol and drug tests annually across its business.

"Stena Line has a strict policy in place prohibiting the use of drugs unless they are prescribed by a medical professional and do not inhibit the performance and ability of an employee to carry out their work in a safe way, the same policy contains the zero blood alcohol level requirement," the company added.

Belfast Harbour Police confirmed the matter had been referred to them and is currently under investigation.

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