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Police and DVA launch joint operation in response to antisocial driving in Portglenone



Community concerns around antisocial driving in Portglenone, prompted Ballymena Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) to launch a joint operation to tackle the nuisance over the weekend.


In recent months young drivers have been gathering in the Main Street area of the village at night time and have taken advantage of the quieter rural setting, causing annoyance to local residents.


Last weekends policing operation was launched on Sunday night (30 January) and extended into the early hours of Monday morning.


Speaking to Love Ballymena, a police spokesperson confirmed that seven vehicles were detected with various defects.

Commenting on the action in Portglenone, Inspector Adams said:


“We are aware of local residents’ concerns regarding anti-social driving in the area.

“We are grateful for the support of our colleagues in the Driver and Vehicle Agency and everyone who took the time to support our road safety operation. We will continue to focus our efforts on keeping the roads safe over the coming weeks and months.”


Local TUV Councillor Timothy Gaston has been acting on the concerns of the community who have contacted him and welcomed the police action. He said:

“I welcome the latest joint operation from the Police and DVA to thwart the ongoing antisocial driving within the Portglenone village and surrounding area.


“I have taken the opportunity at both the PCSP and the Anti Social Behaviour working group to raise the genuine concerns being relayed to me on a regular basis.


“Whilst I recognise many car enthusiasts invest a lot of money and time into their cars, I would appeal to those causing a nuisance to be mindful of the elderly residents living in Portglenone.”


Inspector Adam concluded:


“I would encourage anyone who witnesses any anti-social driving or criminal behaviour to report any incidents to us on the non-emergency number 101.”



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