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Station youth found with knife

Thursday, 23 March 2017

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A MALE youth was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife outside Coleraine Railway station, only weeks after Translink announced they would be closing the depot early due to anti-social behaviour.
Officers arrested the 14-year-old male on suspicion of possessing the offensive weapon nearby at Ballycastle Road following a report they received at around 4.20pm on Sunday, March 19.
The youth was taken into custody and was further arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug following a search.
A Translink spokesperson said: "One of our bus inspectors witnessed an individual who appeared to be armed with a knife outside Coleraine Railway Station. The PSNI were contacted, attended the scene and removed the individual.
“We view any incidents of anti-social behaviour as unacceptable and are working with the PSNI, local councillors and community groups and conducting schools visits, on an effort to eradicate such behaviour. We are also introducing the use of body cameras across the NI Railways network, which can be used to gather evidence to help secure prosecutions."
Councillor William McCandless said: "Fortunately the weapon was not used but this is an alarming escalation of the increasing incidence of anti-social behaviour and takes the disorder to a new level."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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