COUNCIL STAFF at Larne Port in Northern Ireland have been withdrawn from inspection duties amid concerns for their safety.
The decision was made following an “upsurge in sinister and menacing behaviour in recent weeks”, as graffiti appeared last month referencing tensions about the Northern Ireland Protocol and calling port staff “targets”.
The council said the ongoing situation has caused “extreme distress and worry to staff”, and it had no option but to withdraw 12 staff from their duties.
On Monday evening, food checks at Belfast and Larne ports were suspended following the move.
Meanwhile, newspapers have blasted the EU over threats to disrupt Britain’s vaccine supply amid its own jab crisis.
After being told they were only going to receive a fraction of the UK-made AstraZeneca jab they’d ordered, the EU made an astonishing threat to stop 3.5million doses of the Pfizer jab from reaching the UK.
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