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Ferry security tightens after bombing

15th February 1996
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• Ferry ports are on red alert after fears that the lorry at the centre of last Friday's IRA bomb blast was driven over from Northern Ireland, The Department of Transport issued all Scottish ports with instructions on Saturday to be extra vigilant in checking vehicles, and security has been tightened.

But Irish hauliers say they have seen little evidence of extra security or tighter checks

at the ports. Rodney Ferguson, general manager at Antrimbased Interland Transport says: "We have had no problems or delays and after last week's bad weather anything is an improvement."

A spokesman for the Port of Lame says: "We have complied with the DOT security recommendations and have returned to something like pre-ceasefire security levels."

The Democratic Unionist leader, Reverend Ian Paisley, told the House of Commons on Monday that the lorry had been driven to London from Northern Ireland with false plates and a tax disc stolen in the province three weeks ago. The lorry had taken Lame to Stranraer fen-y. 0 The ''Ring of Steel", introduced after another RA bomb in the City of London three years ago, has been reinstated.

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