DUP representatives have met with senior Police Commanders in the Causeway Coast and Glens district.
MP Gregory Campbell and MLAs George Robinson, Adrian McQuillan and Maurice Bradley raised a number of issues with Supt. John Magill and colleagues. They included staffing, ongoing criminal activity, bonfire issues, band parade matters, stations, and future development during the meeting at Coleraine station.
George Robinson MLA raised the issue of bonfires in Limavady. In response the Commander indicated that his officers would continue working with the community and representatives to have issues resolved. Adrian McQuillan MLA raised the matter of rural crime and the need for Police to be seen in rural areas throughout the year. The Commander indicated there would be increased patrols to help prevent thefts from farms.
The safety of bands and lodges travelling to parades was raised by Gregory Campbell MP. He highlighted bus routes through Dungiven and Greysteel on July 12th, Relief of Derry Day and Black Saturday where problems had occurred last year. The MP was assured that officers had been present on bus routes during this years parades, and would be present again on routes for the local Black Preceptory parade as the Co. Londonderry parade is in Raphoe Co. Donegal this Saturday.
Maurice Bradley MLA highlighted concerns residents had about speeding motorists at two locations in the Coleraine area.
The political representatives felt the meeting was worthwhile and commented that they ‘looked forward to holding similar such meetings in the future.’
MP Campbell said: “These briefings open up an avenue for further dialogue between the Police and elected representatives, to enable us to highlight issues throughout the district.
“Hopefully, this is the first of a number of such meetings taking place on a regular basis.”