FOLLOWING incidents of anti-social behaviour at Ballymena Bus and Rail Centre, the PSNI has been speaking to 1,300 local school children in information sessions.
An officer writing on the PSNI Ballymena Facebook page on Tuesday said: “You will remember towards the end of last year’s school term I posted quite heavily about some of the issues of ASB (anti-social behaviour) at Ballymena bus centre. This was following a serious assault of a 13 year old boy for which 4 people were arrested.
“In a effort of address these issues I met with all the local schools, PCSP (Policing & Community Safety Partnership), Translink, and Council in an effort to work together to come up with a longer term solution.
“Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to 1,300 pupils over two days in a bespoke information session tailored specifically to address these issues.
“The kids received an input on internet safety, drugs and alcohol awareness, smoking and also the consequence of being involved in ASB and crime.
“The kids also got a first hand account from a local mum, Theresa Burke, who tragically lost her son to drugs.
“This was a no holds barred effort to educate the kids on how the choices they make today can have tragic consequences for the rest of their lives.
“These are issues that should be talked about and together we can help make Ballymena a safer place for our young people.
“Inspector Simpson Ballymena NPT (Neighbourhood Policing Team).”