Police crackdown on Dungiven bars

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A weekend police crackdown on bars in the Dungiven and Feeny areas resulted in one premises in the area being caught for reportedly breaching legislation.

Local neighbourhood officers carried out a number of licence premises checks in the area area between Friday and Sunday, said police.

Limavady Area Commander, Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson said: “As a result of information received by police that licensed premises in Dungiven were supplying alcohol outside hours and that noise, disorder and criminal damage were creating issues for residents, the local Neighbourhood Team, after consultation with local representatives, conducted a number of checks over the weekend.”

Mr Donaldson said two arrests were made for disorderly behaviour, with both were released for report.

“One licensed premises in the area is to be reported for breaches of legislation,” he revealed, but did not say where the bar was located.

Mr Donaldson warned police will “continue to tackle issues in the area and would appeal for members of the local community to contact the neighbourhood policing team with information”.

Sinn Fein councillors, Sean McGlinchey and Tony McCaul, said they were very disappointed to hear one premises would be reported, but said anyone breaking the law must face the consequences. They also appealed to parents to take responsibility for their children if they are under age drinking or being served in bars after hours.

“It’s too easy for young ones coming off buses from discos to access alcohol. Parents can blame everyone else but, at the end of the day, they need to take responsibility for their childrem,” added Colr. McGlinchey.