New port security will see increased police in Larne

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a NEW project aimed at making air and sea travel safer will result in increased police presence at the Port of Larne.

Operation Gantry is a multi-agency operation involving the PSNI, UK Border Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, Harbour Police, Airport Police and air and sea ports across Northern Ireland.

The operation – which will run over the next few months – will see an increased police presence at ports, with additional officers supporting the security arrangements already in place.

It is hoped this increased visibility will provide reassurance to the travelling public and deter criminal activity at these hubs.

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay, Operational Support, explained: “The main focus of Operation Gantry is keeping the travelling public and wider community safe.

“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.

“The contribution of all the partner agencies ensures that we are providing an encompassing, professional service to all of those who use Northern Ireland ports for legitimate travel purposes.”

Focusing on the partnership approach, HM Revenue and Customs Assistant Director for Criminal Investigation, John Whiting, said: “HMRC are committed to working with our partner agencies in Northern Ireland as part of this operation. 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 help provide both reassurance for passengers as well as a stark deterrent for those who are intent on breaking the law.”

Mike Golden from UK Border Agency concluded: “The UK Border Agency is fully committed to working with our law enforcement partners at Northern Ireland’s ports. This operation will enhance existing security measures during the Olympic period and further strengthen our defences against people entering or staying in the UK illegally.“