Jim Shannon MP for Strangford, along with Paul Caughey from Portaferry CPLC and Jonathan Bell MLA met with Chief Inspector McDonald and other Police Officers in Newtownards about policing in Portaferry. He has welcomed the commitment by the PSNI to give extra resources to the village of Portaferry.
Mr Shannon said, “Along with Paul Caughey of Portaferry CPLC we outlined problems in the village which were unaddressed with increasing criminal damage, physical attacks and verbal abuse being directed at certain areas of the village and certain people.
“It seems that some people in the village think that they can do as they like , they can ignore law and order and pick on people who just can’t help themselves.
“The level of anti-social behaviour has increased to a level that can no longer be tolerated and the call for extra resources was pushed for strongly by the deputation of elected representatives and the CPLC.
“Chief Inspector McDonald in his response stated that he will be targeting the problem areas of the village and over the next period of time there will be a significant and more pro-active presence in the village. It is vital that it is done and it is what the people of Portaferry want to see happen on the ground,” added Mr Shannon.