Police are working towards biggest catch

PSNI Banbridge Area Neighbourhood Officers are working in partnership with a local business and Banbridge District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) this month to support a summer fishing scheme for young people from across the District.

Thursday, 19th January 2012, 9:09 am

Four sessions at Angling First in Dromore have been funded by Banbridge District CSP and made available for young people who want to improve their skills or who are just looking to try a new activity. Support and advice for the young anglers will be provided by Constable Mark McGarrity (Dromore Neighbourhood) and Constable Warren Todd (Banbridge Neighbourhood).

The sessions will run on four evenings in August and involve students from Dromore High School, Rathfriland High School, St Patrick’s College and New-Bridge Integrated College.

Constable Mark McGarrity, a Neighbourhood Officer who is based in Dromore commented, “I’m delighted to be involved in facilitating this cross-community project as I have a personal interest in fishing and hope that I’ll be able to pass on some tips and useful advice based on my experience in fishing for both the PSNI and the Garda/PSNI All Ireland Team.

He continued, “Angling First will provide the young people with access to a fishery which contains, roach, perch, bream, tench, carp and trout. It’s run as a registered charity run by Mark McGivern and hosts youth groups from across all divides and spectrums from within Northern Ireland.”

Councilor John Hanna, Chairman of Banbridge District CSP Strategic Tier, added, “The Community Safety Partnership is pleased to be able to provide financial support for a local project that will give young people something else to do over the summer holiday period. This project will not only help to develop the skills of young people who are already involved in fishing, but it might provide a new interest for others and who knows – maybe we’ll be fostering a future champion angler!”

Angling First is located at 42 Lurgan Road, Low Mills, Dromore, BT25 1AE. This project has been funded by Banbridge District Community Safety Partnership.