Dickson Condemns Petrol Station Robbery

Alliance East Antrim MLA, Stewart Dickson, has condemned an ‘appalling’ armed robbery that took place at a petrol station in Greenisland. Two armed men with knives entered the petrol station on the Upper Road, late on Sunday evening. The pair threatened staff, stealing cash and cigarettes, before fleeing in a blue Rover 25. They threatened staff forcing them to open the till. The pair then jumped over the counter removing cash from the till and taking a quantity of cigarettes. Mr Dickson said: "It's really appalling to see this sort of violent robbery visited on an otherwise quiet part of Greenisland. My thoughts are with the staff who will have had a traumatic experience, all because of the

Universal Credit Creating Unnecessary Hardship in East Antrim - Dickson

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his dismay at the rise in foodbank use in East Antrim, much of which is attributed to the introduction of Universal Credit in the area. In East Antrim, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 1993 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 787 of these going to children. Across the UK, food banks in The Trussell Trust network distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to help people in crisis, a record rise of 18.8% on the previous year. Of these, 577,618 went to children. Mr Dickson commented: “More and more, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we are seeing hunger amongs

Dickson Expresses Concern at Rise in Pregabalin Misuse

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has expressed his concern at the rise in the number of problem users of Pregabalin (Lyrica) in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has the highest prescription rate for Pregabalin in the UK. Furthermore, there is a growing issue of the illicit sale of the drug from unregulated sources. The issue has become so serious that the drug, when taken without prescription, is now treated as a Class C illegal drug. Mr Dickson commented: “Tragically, there has been a sharp rise in the number of deaths linked with Pregabalin, rising from eight in 2016, to 33 in 2017, and often these are vulnerable individuals. “I welcome the information that local social justice

Dickson Welcomes Commitment to Full Public Consultation on Gas Caverns

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has welcomed an assurance from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), that there will be a full public consultation on a proposed gas storage project in Islandmagee, once all documents are available for review. Mr Dickson commented: “There was a previous public consultation in 2012, but this is such a long time ago, it is imperative that the people of Islandmagee have another chance to have their voice heard in regards to this project. “I have serious concerns that the environmental impact of this project will outweigh any economic benefits for the people of East Antrim, therefore I think that a new full public consult

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