Dromore drugs find part of focused plan

Superintendent David Moore, PCSP Chair Alderman Robert Smith and PCSP Vice Chair Cllr Daire Toner.
Superintendent David Moore, PCSP Chair Alderman Robert Smith and PCSP Vice Chair Cllr Daire Toner.

Police targeting anti-social behaviour in Dromore Town Park have reported a 21-year-old man to prosecutors after finding him in possession of herbal cannabis.

The development follows news that during October Police across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, in partnership with the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership, have been actively focusing on reducing anti-social behaviour.

In Dromore, where concerns over drug use and anti-social behaviour have been to the fore in recent weeks and months, police say they are continuing to address the issues and would encourage anyone with concerns or information to contact them on 101.

“The local community had expressed concerns about antisocial behaviour and drug use in the park area of Dromore,” said Sergeant Adrian Moutray, “so we looked at how we could target our resources to increase our visibility and prevent, deter and detect this type of activity.

“We conducted a planned operation during the early hours of Sunday, 11 October in direct response to these concerns. We stopped and searched a 21-year-old man in the vicinity of the park and found a quantity of herbal cannabis. The male will now be reported to the PPS for possession of Class B drugs.”

Meanwhile, the PSNI locally has been working this month to raise awareness of the issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and what they and partner organisations are doing to address it.

Officers have been conducting high visibility patrols to provide reassurance and, where needed, offer crime prevention information.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon commander, Superintendent Davy Moore, said: “The term anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that blights the lives of many people on a daily basis.

“It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also often used to describe this type of behaviour.

“Anti-social behaviour is an issue that we take seriously and we are fully committed to working in partnership with our PCSP, other partner agencies and community representatives to address it.

“We are here to listen to community concerns and work with others to find a solution to any problems they may have. In many cases, this needs positive input from everyone in the community if a long lasting solution is to be found.

“We will always exploit all opportunities to address anti-social behaviour and this work will include enforcement - making arrests – and education – helping our young people understand the impact this type of activity can have on the victim.

Alderman Robert Smith, Chairman of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon PCSP added: “Anti-social behaviour in relation to the Halloween period can be a real concern for the more vulnerable people in our communities, so if you see a home displaying a poster asking not to be disturbed for trick or treat, please respect this and help everyone to feel safe whilst you enjoy the evening.”