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PSNI and PCSP back ‘no boozing on board’ campaign

The scene outside the Odyssey in February where more than 100 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases drugs, during and after a Hardwell concert. The incident has led to a joint DOJ/DOE campaign, which aims to educate and raise awareness of the fact that it is illegal to consume alcohol on private hire buses and public transport.

The scene outside the Odyssey in February where more than 100 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases drugs, during and after a Hardwell concert. The incident has led to a joint DOJ/DOE campaign, which aims to educate and raise awareness of the fact that it is illegal to consume alcohol on private hire buses and public transport.

Limavady PSNI and Policing and Community Safety Partnership are backing a campaign encouraging safe travel in the build up to Tennants Vital this year.

The joint DOJ/DOE campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of the fact that it is illegal to consume alcohol on private hire buses and public transport and is a multi-agency response to issues faced last year.

A poster campaign has been developed following a period of consultation in response to an incident after a Hardwell concert held in the Odyssey arena in February. More than 100 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of alcohol and, in some cases drugs, during and after the concert.

Four buses and a mini bus have already been booked to make the trip to Tennants Vital from Limavady on August 21 and 24.

It is illegal to drink alcohol on board a bus in Northern Ireland and offenders may be liable to a £1000 fine, said Limavady PSNI Inspector Jennifer Hudson.

“We are trying to ensure that when people from Limavady are attending larger scale events in Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland, they do not arrive at the venue in a state where they may be turned away or indeed require medical attention,” she said.

Limavady PCSP chair Michael Coyle also backed the initiative.

“The message is that we want people to enjoy themselves at these summer events, but we would encourage people to travel safe and arrive sober,” he said.

 

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