Revellers rounded up

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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POLICE are to impose sanctions on over 20 people and issued a warning following a spate of anti-social behaviour by young revellers in Cookstown town centre.
On Monday of last week, bus loads of revellers descended on the town creating noise, littering and anti-social behaviour. There were also reports of persons urinating in residents' gardens.
Police have now identified 21 individuals from their body worn video footage at the student night.
Officers have contacted the accused and confirmed there will be a wide range of sanctions imposed, from a public notice for disorder, an adult caution, or in the more serious cases, a file submitted to the Public Prosecution Service for a court appearance.
Police also stated the investigation is ongoing and they expect to identify more offenders in the coming days from CCTV footage in the area.
Cookstown Police have said enough is enough and have warned would-be revellers to the town that any signs of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
They have described the scenes in the town centre last week as despicable and stated officers will be adopting a no tolerance policy regarding anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
In a warning issued on social media the morning after the night before (Tuesday 12th June), a Cookstown Police spokesperson said: "Those of you who decided to come to our lovely town to wreak havoc last night, Monday 11th June, listen up.
“The scenes in Cookstown town centre were despicable and some of you will have woken up this morning with a potential court appearance looming, as well as a sore head.
“We're reviewing CCTV footage of the disturbances last night so if you were involved, listen out for the knock on the door.
“Cookstown is a very welcoming place to revellers who come here to avail of the great night time economy and craic, but we adopt a no tolerance policy when it comes to anti-social behaviour or violent conduct.
“Just because you're out partying doesn't mean the rest of the town is - our residents don't deserve to have to put up with noise, littering, anti-social behaviour and ones relieving themselves in people's gardens.
“So if you are considering coming to Cookstown, do so with the intention of having a good time and letting everyone else do likewise.
“For those of you who just won't be told, we can offer a fine B&B experience in our local Custody suite and guarantee a single room with little in the way of home comforts. All of this is followed by a cereal bar for breakfast and a meeting with our local Judge at Court, before you go home...that is, if they decide to grant you bail in the first place."
Concluded the Cookstown Police warning: "You could be looking at a stay at HMP instead of your own bed."


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