Newry police call for community support for St Patrick’s Day

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Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Police in Newry are asking for the support of all sections of the community to ensure that this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations run successfully and smoothly. A full programme of events has been organised and police will provide patrols throughout the area and assistance where needed. A parade will take place through the city on St Patrick’s Day beginning at 12 noon at Quays Shoppping centre and making its way along Buttercrane Quay, Merchants Quay, Sugar Island, Kildare Street, The Mall, St Mary’s Street, William Street and along the front of The Quays to disperse in Albert Basin. Visitors to the city will also be able to enjoy an open air concert. Traffic restrictions will be in place across the city from early morning until 6pm. Kildare Street and Hill Street will be closed to traffic from early morning until evening. Police are advising motorists who are travelling through the city to take an alternative route if possible. If you are travelling into the city or must travel through Newry you should allow extra time for your journey and expect delays. Inspector Nigel Henry, Newry City Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “This year St Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday and everyone can expect a full program of events. Usually these celebrations pass without incident and are well enjoyed by the local community and we hope that this year will prove no exception. “As with all celebrations planned for St Patrick’s Day we will provide appropriate support and assistance, and I would ask all of those with influence in the community to work with us to ensure that all events are equally supported and respected throughout the course of the day. Henry added, “Some of the issues we will be focusing on are anti-social behaviour and the misuse of alcohol in public spaces. My officers will be on the streets over this busy weekend, to ensure anyone wishing to travel, work or socialise in Newry and Mourne area can do so safely.”
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