A number of police vehicles descended on the seaside resort of Portrush shortly before 8pm this evening following a number of videos and images circulating of an influx of cars in the Lansdowne area and Main Street.
A police diversion was swiftly put into place at the junction of Sandhill Drive and Eglinton Street to stop further vehicles from going into the town. A number of cars coming out of the town were stopped by police.
Maurice Bradley MLA said “Irresponsible behaviour puts lives at risk, not just because of the virus, but out outcomes of an NHS over-run with patients; NHS and vital workers put at risk by arrogance and carelessness.
“Over 500 people have lost their lives since the start of this pandemic, it is disrespectful to those unfortunate souls who have lost their lives and their grieving families. Families who were not allowed to comfort their loved ones, nor offer a proper burial that friends, neighbours and relations can pay their respects.
“Flouting the Government’s guidance only prolongs the time needed to return to normality.”
Earlier today a police spokesperson said: “We would like to remind everyone of the advice from our public health partners and Northern Ireland Executive about social distancing and movement.
“We would encourage people not to travel to popular beaches or beauty spots for your daily exercise if it is not necessary, as social distancing may not be achievable where large crowds are gathered.
“Please help us by staying at home as much as possible so that we can be sure our roads, streets, villages, towns and cities are safe for everyone and so that we can all maintain a safe social distance.
“Each of us can play our part to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, protect the NHS and save lives and it is important we continue to adhere to Northern Ireland Executive regulations.”