District Commander for Ards and North Down Superintendent Johnston McDowell said: ”The priority of local police is to keep people safe, both visitors and residents alike. Ards and North Down and particularly Bangor, is a busy place at holiday times, which is fantastic for the local economy and small businesses, but with an increased temporary population, comes a specific policing operation.

“With tourists expected from far and wide, we want to make sure everyone gets here safely, offering reassurance to the public that our Local Policing Teams (LPT) and Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPT) will be on duty for everyone’s safety, particularly around busy train stations, hospitality establishments, beaches and coastal areas.

“With increased visitor numbers, there will inevitably be more traffic on the roads, so we are asking everyone to be patient and to respect other road users.

“Our officers continue to meet the challenges at this time of year and we are committed to keeping people safe. We will be out and about across the Bank Holiday weekend, responding to issues of community concern, including underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

“Our policing style reflects that, but where offences are being committed, we will take action.

“Finally, I hope those visiting Ards and North Down enjoy their time here and have a fun and safe Easter!”

Chair of Policing and Community Safety Partnership Rachel Woods said: “The PCSP in Ards and North Down is committed to identifying interventions to help reduce anti-social behaviour.

"We support campaigns tackling alcohol and drug abuse, to promote better lifestyle choices, resulting in individuals feeling safer and our streets being noticeably safer.”

Translink’s Director of Service Operations Ian Campbell said: “For anyone considering a day out or short trip, we want to encourage you to use our services for a safe and comfortable journey.

“Over Easter, we work closely with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Safe Transport Team, and we will have additional staff and security resources in place at key locations, to ensure everyone has an enjoyable trip. 

“We would also kindly remind passengers that alcohol should not be consumed in any station or on-board any of our services and ask everyone to respect our staff who are there to ensure you have an enjoyable experience.

"We're looking forward to welcoming people on board our services this Easter and you can find out more about our good value tickets at www.translink.co.uk."