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Police Send Out Message for a Peaceful St Patrick’s Day
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WITH the St Patrick’s Festival now under way, police in Downpatrick are asking for the support of all sections of the community to ensure that this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations run as successfully and smoothly as last year.

Events will take place during the day and into the evening and police will provide patrols throughout the area and assistance where needed.

The St Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is a haven for tourists from abroad as well as locally.

 Downpatrick is a magnet for visitors on St Patrick’s Day and police have issued warning that they want everyone to enjoy themselves and that alcohol related crimes and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

PSNI Down Area Commander, CI Deirdre Bones said: “This year St Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday and this means we can expect a weekend of festivities throughout the District. Usually these celebrations pass without incident and are well enjoyed by the local community and we hope that this year will prove no exception.

“As with all celebrations planned for St Patrick’s Day we will provide appropriate support and assistance, and I would ask all of those with influence in the community to work with us to ensure that all events are equally supported and respected throughout the course of the day.

“Some of the issues we will be focusing on are anti-social behaviour and the misuse of alcohol in public spaces. My officers will be on the streets over the busy Bank Holiday weekend, to ensure anyone wishing to travel, work or socialise in the Down District area can do so safely.”

A timely reminder

Legislation and bye-laws that exist in relation to the misuse of alcohol in public spaces. It is illegal to:

*  Consume alcohol in any designated street or public place
*  Drink alcohol on the route of a public procession (this applies six hours prior to, during and up to 12 midnight after the parade taking place)
*  For under 18’s to drink alcohol in a public place

Police will not hesitate to enforce the legislation and where possible confiscate or seize alcohol. In addition, any adults found purchasing or supplying alcohol for use by juveniles may be liable for prosecution.