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Police team up with Safety Partnership to tackle serious scrambler menace

Thursday, 9 February 2017

MID and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has met senior police officers to discuss ongoing issues around the misuse of scramblers across the Borough.
PCSP Member, Ashleigh Perry said: "The impact on local communities from these anti-social activities is considerable and causes distress and sometimes even danger to many.
“We are therefore very pleased to join the PSNI in targeting the misuse of scramblers and - along with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council itself - to be undertaking a number of initiatives in the coming weeks to address the very real concerns expressed."
Superintendent Ryan Henderson added: "We are acutely aware of the concerns coming from the community and we are being proactive in terms of seizing scramblers and re-educating riders but a lot of this comes down to parental responsibility.
“There are strict rules around how scramblers and quads can be used and parents need to know this before purchasing such items for their children. We are committed to working with the PCSP and wider community on further initiatives to raise awareness around this issue." Meanwhile, former local Ulster Unionist MLA, Robin Swann, has welcomed a commitment from police to tackle what he has branded as "the scrambler menace in the Ballee area."
Mr Swann said he was pleased police have undertaken to commit more resources to addressing the issue, especially in the Shanlieve and Shancoole areas.
“The PSNI will increase neighbourhood patrols in the area and mobile patrols will pay special attention to the area at key times.
“I understand that in some cases, parents are bringing children and their motorbikes to the area and just dropping them off."

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