Eleven arrests made during Belfast St Patrick’s Day celebrations

Police in the Holylands area on Thursday
Police in the Holylands area on Thursday

Eleven people were arrested in Belfast city centre and the Holylands areas during the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, police have revealed.

The arrests, which police say were linked to the celebrations, were for a range of public order offences including disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and assault on police.

The trouble was on the same scale as that seen in the Holylands on Wednesday, however police confirmed there had been “numerous” incidents across parts of Belfast.

Belfast Commander Chief Superintendent Chris Noble said: “Thankfully there was no repeat of the disgraceful levels of violence and behaviour that we saw in the Holylands on Wednesday however there were numerous reports of anti-social, nuisance behaviour as well as sporadic instances of scuffles and fights among various groups of revellers, both in the ‘student areas’ and in the city centre.

“A significant police operation was in place to help ensure the festivities passed off in a largely peaceful fashion and, with the exception of a few, most people who attended the city centre parade, or who celebrated independently, did so in a good natured and respectful fashion.

“A clean-up operation will obviously take place today and, in due course, police along with partner agencies will review all of the planning for St Patrick’s Day and its associated events and will take away whatever learning there is to improve the experience in future for residents and visitors alike.”