29/06/2012

Major Security Operation At NI's Ports

UK and Northern Ireland authorities have teamed up to beat criminal activity at travel hubs.

The project, dubbed Operation Gantry, will see additional police officers at ports over the summer months, to "provide reassurance to the travelling public and deter criminal activity".

The PSNI has teamed up with the UK Border Agency (UKBA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Harbour Police, Airport Police and air and sea ports across Northern Ireland for Operation Gantry.

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said: "While security at all our ports is of the highest standard, these extra resources will provide further reassurance during this busy travel period with the approach of the London Olympics and summer holidays. It should also serve as a warning to criminals that there is no hiding place and that we are committed to tackling criminal activity wherever it occurs."

Suzanne Blair of Belfast International Airport added: "Belfast International Airport places paramount importance upon the safety and security of our passengers and staff. We welcome this initiative by PSNI and other statutory agencies to supplement the already-high levels of security by increasing their visibility around ports and airports at this time."

John Whiting of the HMRC said: "A collaborative approach to tackling crime at our air and sea ports works best. It will ensure minimum disruption at a very busy time but will help provide both reassurance for passengers as well as a stark deterrent for those who are intent on breaking the law."

(NE)

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