POLICE in Glengormley have warned that they will be taking a tough approach to on-street drinking at next week’s Mini Twelfth in a bid to prevent trouble.
The annual Orange Order parade will take place on Tuesday evening (June 28) and is expected to attract more than 200 marchers, bandsmen and supporters.
Traffic was diverted in the town centre on Tuesday evening as members of Carnmoney District LOL 25 erected the traditional Orange Arch over the Antrim Road in preparation for this year’s cultural celebration.
The Mini Twelfth parade, involving the five lodges from the Carnmoney District and a number of visitors, will form up outside Glengormley High School before setting off at 8pm along the Ballyclare Road into the town centre. The marchers will make their way along Antrim Road, Church Way and Glebe Road West, before turning up Ashgrove Road and across onto Carnmoney Road, through Queens Park and back onto the Ballyclare Road.
Urging parade-goers not to drink alcohol during the event, local PSNI Neighbourhood Inspector Martin Ruddy said: “During the past few years we have been working closely with the Orange Order, other parade and event organisers and partners to tackle the problem of drinking at public events. At this year’s Mini Twelfth we want people to enjoy themselves but we would stress that they must do so safely and legally. We are sending out a very clear message that drinking either on the parade route or on the street is illegal and officers will not hesitate to enforce legislation and bye-laws.
“We will have officers along the parade route and at other hotspot locations and they will confiscate alcohol being consumed illegally and report people to local councils, the Public Prosecution Service, or Youth Diversion Officers.”
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