The two new police bicycles on display at the
Down District Policing Partnership Meeting. Also included are
from left: Liam McLernon, DDPP Manager, Constable Alan McGregor,
Desmond Patterson, DDPP Chairman, District Commander
Superintendent Ralph Taggart, Constable Mark Gracey and Chief
Inspector Peter Loughins.
'BOBBIES on bicycles' will be putting in an
appearance in Saintfield shortly.
Two new cycles have been purchased by the
Down District Policing Partnership for use in the Rowallane
Sector which includes both Saintfield and nearby Crossgar.
The machines were unveiled at the
Partnership's public meeting last week which heard crime has
fallen right across the district over the past nine months.
However, on a more somber note criminal
damage has increased during the same period by almost 23 per
Superintendent Ralph Taggart, attending his
last meeting before taking up a new position in Craigavon
described the criminal damage as 'sporadic' but acknowledged
there was a need to tackle it as it affected the whole of the
He stressed people needed to come forward if
they knew who was involved in criminal activity.
"I can understand people are in fear and
afraid to give names but in order to address these situations we
need their help," he told the meeting.
It was announced at the meeting that ASBOs
are to be used as the latest weapon in the fight against
anti-social behaviour in Down District.
Several individuals have already been
earmarked as being suitable for anti-social behaviour orders
which are due to come into effect from April.
The new District Commander following Mr.
Taggart's departure will be Chief Superintendent Graham Shields.