Police to step up patrols in the run-up to Hallowe’en

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O'hOisin

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Police in Limavady have said they will be stepping up patrols in the town targeting those involved in anti-social behaviour and using fireworks in the run-up to Hallowe’en.

The issue of fireworks misue was raised by a Sinn Fein delegation that met with local police on Friday.

Police have said there have been problems with fireworks in the area of the Glens Estate Limavady, and within the vicinity of the local shop for several weeks.

“Last Monday we received a report of three youths throwing fireworks. One of the fireworks landed close to a woman placing a child into a car. Fortunately, there were no injuries,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

Police subsequently made two arrests for possession of fireworks and throwing fireworks in a public place were made.

“The dangers of throwing fireworks should not be underestimated. They pose a risk to innocent people, and indeed to those with the fireworks themselves. We will be active throughout the town in the days up to Hallowe’en. We want to hear about people who misuse fireworks, or of any suspicions of fireworks being illegally held or sold. Quite apart from the dangers, a conviction for a fireworks offence could have long-term effects on the future of those involved,” said a police spokesperson.

East Derry MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said a Sinn Fein delegation raised the matter with police on Friday.

“Earlier we met with met with members of the Glens Community Association, who expressed their concern regarding anti-social behaviour, particularly firework misuse, which has had the potential for injury or damage in the past. The PSNI said they would increase patrols in the area, and seek out the suppliers of these fireworks,” he said. “We also raised concerns recently about a week long British Army exercise in the Drumsurn area which had caused a lot of concern in that locality. The fact that this was done without any consultation or respect for locals was worrying and we would hope to see no repeat of it in the future.”

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