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Operation Season's Greetings Gardai and PSNI crack down on drink-drivers and criminals with extra checkpoints

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Garda checkpoint on the N13 at Bridge End in Co. Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Garda checkpoint on the N13 at Bridge End in Co. Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Garda checkpoint on the N13 at Bridge End in Co. Donegal (Liam McBurney/PA)

Extra checkpoints are being set-up on both sides of the border this weekend in a bid to crack down on drink driving as well as criminal activity. 

Police Service of Northern Ireland officers, working alongside their Garda counterparts, are carrying out vehicle checks as part of recently launched Operation Season's Greetings.

PSNI chief, Alan Todd, said the operation is bringing together police officers from various departments across the service “to provide visible and accessible policing to local communities and businesses”.

“Things are very different for all of us this year with the current pandemic however our commitment to building safe communities remains the same,” Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said.

“This year our aim is to deliver safer streets for shopping and socialising, safer roads and public transport, safer homes for those at risk of domestic abuse and safer businesses.

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Gardai at a checkpoint on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardai at a checkpoint on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardai at a checkpoint on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“We will be conducting preventative patrols across the country, liaising with local businesses to provide crime prevention advice and conducting our daily business of tackling crime.

“This time of year can be difficult for many people and never more so than this year,” he added.

“In the past we have seen an increase in the number of domestic abuse incidents over the Christmas period. As part of Op Seasons Greetings we want all victims to know that we are here. If you need help, speak out and phone us.”

It is expected that Operation Season’s Greetings will stretch into early January.

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