East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell and colleague Maurice Bradley MLA met with senior police officers for the Causeway Coast and Glens area in Coleraine today to discuss a number of issues, including the increasing anti-social behaviour in the Portrush and Portstewart areas as well as the policing response to protests in the area.
Speaking afterwards, the DUP representatives said, "We met with senior officers to discuss the concerns many people have about increasing anti-social behaviour and attacks that have taken place over the last few weeks. The Police indicated an intention to increase their presence in the area, including more patrols to clamp down on this activity. The summer season is imminent and the relaxation of restrictions could mean hugely increased numbers coming into the area. It is essential that residents and visitors feel safe.
The need for CCTV to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart area was also raised, for which there may be the possibility of funding through the Proceeds of Crime Fund. DUP elected members along with the Police will explore this possibility and will work with the local council to see if this option is doable. Recent protests in the Coleraine area were discussed and the need for Police, in upholding the law, to do so in a manner that doesn't make existing community tensions worse than they already are."