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Police step up checkpoints on North Coast after warning over car cruise

Police vehicle checkpoints in Portrush on Sunday | Photo: Kat Stevens

There has been an increase in police vehicle checkpoints around the North Coast today after reports of a car cruise planned for Sunday.

On Saturday police appealed to those planning the car cruise to think again, warning that patrols on the ground would be in place to enforce public health regulations.

Chief Inspector Rory Bradley said:

"We are aware a car cruise may be held in Portrush tomorrow (Sunday, 28th February), and we would strongly appeal to those involved to reconsider.

"We are reminding the public to adhere to the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations, which include restrictions on movement that stipulate that no person may leave or remain away from the place where they normally live without reasonable excuse.

"While we will have additional officers on patrol, in and around the North Coast this weekend, we are reminding the public of the need to maintain safe social distance and to stay within their bubbles.

“To be clear, people who are showing disregard should expect swift enforcement. We will always engage with people first explaining the guidance and the law and encourage people to comply, judging each case on its own merits. However, where we are left with no choice but to enforce, we will take this measure in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities and help protect our NHS.

“We continue to encourage the Northern Ireland public to adhere to the Regulations and help keep everyone in our communities safe. We always welcome information from the public about any illegal activities. You can contact police on 101, or make a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via

“We are asking everyone to work with us during this pandemic to ensure safe spaces for all and help keep everyone safe."

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