PSNI operation set up to catch Coleraine Somme offenders

Men remanded
Men remanded

A police operation has been set up to track down those involved in disorder at a Coleraine Somme commemoration earlier in the summer.

The PSNI said Operation Chimera aims to identify individuals who are believed to have committed offences around the Somerset Drive, Pates Lane and Killowen Street areas during July 1.

The operation began on Monday.

Six individuals have already been arrested.

Inspector Ian Armour said: “Police are committed to keeping people safe and I believe this operation will lead to more arrests and see people brought before the courts.

“The vast majority of Coleraine people want to lead positive lives, free from violence and threat. There can be no justification for disorder and this planned operation shows that we are committed to keeping communities safe.

“We have been planning for Operation Chimera since the first week of July and so were able to make swift arrests. For those arrested yesterday and in the coming days, due legal process will follow and where sufficient evidence exists, we will bring charges or forward files to the PPS.

“Police will continue to do everything we can to make Coleraine a safer place for everyone.

“I will provide a community update on the progress of Operation Chimera in the coming weeks”.