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Two men arrested after report of young girls being followed in Portrush

CCTV image showing two men leaving shop, and Eglington Street, Portrush.

(Left) CCTV image showing two men leaving shop, and (right) Eglington Street, Portrush.

Police have confirmed that two men were arrested after it was reported that three young girls were followed in Portrush on Monday evening, 17th July.

It is understood that the girls went into the town for ice cream when the incident happened.

Appealing for help to identify the individuals on social media, mother of two of the girls and local business owner, Katrina Fox said:

"So my two daughters and niece decided to pop into Portrush tonight for ice cream, which should have been a fun evening out (but) turned into a nightmare for them. They were followed by two men who were driving a white van.

"They followed the girls into our shop and follow the girls straight back out. At this point that hadn’t actually realised they were being followed until they got further down the street and got scared. They continued to follow them for 15 minutes.

"Thank you to the girls at Morellis who took them in, my younger daughter was actually beside herself, and the two ladies who noticed they were being followed took them back to our shop until we got there."

The concerned mum later thanked Danny Coyles, owner of the Station Bar who she said "went out of his way to go through hours of CCTV to put together a trail of the white van following our kids".

Police arrested two men a short time later in connection to the allegation.

A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland told Love Ballymena today (Wednesday 19th July):

"Police received a report shortly after 11.30pm on Monday 17th July of suspicious activity in the Eglington Street area of Portrush.

"Two men were arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.

"They were subsequently released unconditionally.

"Enquiries remain ongoing."


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