More Translink ticket machines damaged in West Belfast

Translink Glider staff
-Credit: (Image: Justin Kernoghan/Belfast Live)

More Translink ticket machines have been damaged in "various locations" of West Belfast, we can report. It comes just a month after a 41-year-old man was handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay Translink £500 for smashing 14 Glider ticket screens with a hammer and his fists in March last year, costing £4,000 to repair.

This time four youths are understood to have caused the damage between 5.30-6.30pm on Saturday, July 6.

Police say they "have been able to obtain very clear CCTV images" of the latest incidents following a report of criminal damage.

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Sergeant Costley told Belfast Live: "Enquiries are ongoing in order to identify those involved, and we have been able to obtain very clear CCTV images to assist with our investigation.

"We would also ask parents and guardians to also speak to their young people and to know where they are to prevent them from engaging in behaviour which could result in injury or a criminal record.

PSNI on Glider (stock image)
PSNI on Glider (stock image) -Credit:Police West Belfast

"Anyone with information on those involved is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 589 08/07/24."

It is understood up to 10 ticket machines and validators were damaged while Translink staff were out to prevent fare evasion on Glider services in the west of the city.

A Translink spokesperson said: “A number of Glider ticket machines were damaged last Saturday evening in West Belfast. We condemn all incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

“We take a multi-agency approach to mitigate this behaviour working closely with the PSNI including Neighbourhood Policing Teams and the PSNI Safe Transport Team as well as community and elected representatives to reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour.

“A reward scheme pays out up to £1,000 to anyone who witnesses and gives evidence of any incident of anti-social behaviour or vandalism that results in a successful conviction”.

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