THE Ministry of Defence says security has been increased at Thiepval Barracks, which currently houses thousands of troops preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in the coming months. A spokesperson confirmed there was increased security around access to the Lisburn Barracks. "Vehicles are being searched on entry," he said. "We are also operating the traffic light system on entry, which means only one vehicle is being brought forward at a time.
"There is a noticeable presence and increase in security on access to the Barracks. Security is under ongoing review and within security levels we have a number of measures we can adopt and we can bring them in as we need to at any given time.
"Our primary concern is defence of access to the Barracks and that is something we take very seriously," he continued.
He said that while there no restrictions on soldiers' movement, they were provided with 'a great deal of advice and guidance.
And he thanked public for their support in recent days.
"We are very grateful for the support from across the community," he said. "Our role is as part of the community ourselves and our focus is on supporting operations oversees. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of the people of Lisburn."