Border checks stopped at N Ireland ports after threats

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in Northern Ireland have suspended checks on animal products and withdrawn workers from two ports after threats against border staff. The Northern Ireland government said it stopped inspections at Belfast and Larne ports “in the interests of the wellbeing of staff.” Graffiti recently appeared in the Larne area that described port staff as “targets.” Britain’s departure from the EU has brought checks on some British goods going to Northern Ireland because it shares a border with EU member Ireland. Many in Northern Ireland’s pro-British Unionist community oppose the new rules. Police said evidence suggests the threats against border staff are the work of “a number of individuals and small groups.”