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Teenager In Custody On Suspicion Of Possession Of An Offensive Weapon At Coleraine Bus & Railway Station

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Police in Coleraine received a report of a male armed with a knife outside the train station at Railway Place at around 4.20pm on Sunday 19th March.

Officers attended and arrested a 14 year old male youth nearby at Ballycastle Road on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. The youth was taken into custody and further arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug following a search. He remains in custody at this time.

Police would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact officers at Coleraine on 101 quoting reference number 710 19/03/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A Translink spokesperson said: “One of our bus inspectors witnessed an individual who appeared to be armed with a knife outside Coleraine Railway station yesterday afternoon, Sunday 19th March, shortly before 4.30 p.m..

“The PSNI were contacted, attended the scene and removed the individual.

“We view any incidents of anti-social behaviour as unacceptable and are working with the PSNI, local councillors and community groups; and conducting schools visits, in an effort to eradicate such behaviour.

“We are also introducing the use of body cameras across the NI Railways network, which can be used to gather evidence to help secure prosecutions”.

Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning Ulster Unionist Councillor William McCandless said :

“Approximately two weeks ago it had been reported by Translink staff that there were serious issues in relation to ASB in the Translink depot at Coleraine. From information which had been reported to me by residents adjacent to the station this ASB had been occurring for a couple of months.

Translink staff advised that the Coleraine depot would be closing early in the evening at 19:00 due to youths, generally numbering 40-50 congregating in the depot every evening. NIFRS and PSNI personnel were being called to Translink station on a daily basis as the youths were giving verbal abuse to staff and passengers and activating alarms.

The ASB had been dangerous and serious, one example included arson when toilets were set on fire.

The decision to close the station was not one which Translink wanted to do, they had no other option as the safety of their staff and passengers was their primary concern.

As part of their security measures Translink are introducing new security measures such as body cameras so that any incidents can be recorded.

It was reported by local Translink staff that the scenes at Coleraine station were the worst which had been reported throughout the Province.

It was reported to me Sunday 19/3 that an incident occurred at the Coleraine Translink depot that an altercation had occurred at their premises in which resulted in a youth being arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Fortunately the weapon was not used but this an alarming escalation of the increasing incidence of ASB and takes the disorder to a new level.

The PSNI have confirmed that a 14 year old youth was apprehended and arrested in the Ballycastle Rd. area on suspicion of Possession of an offensive weapon. It further transpires that the youth is being investigated for possession of a class A drug.

This is a worrying aspect which I will need to pursue with other authorities later this week.”

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