Police clampdown in Holylands area with more than 100 fines issued

Three people have been arrested and more than 100 penalty notices issued during a police clampdown on anti-social behaviour in the Holylands area of Belfast.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 6:57 pm
People partying in the Holylands area of Belfast on a previous occasion

The PSNI operation took place on Monday night and into the early hours of Tuesday (April 6) while a number of house parties were taking place.

Officers issued 94 penalty notices (£200 minimum fine) to individuals over breaches of Covid regulations, with a further 11 penalties (£1,000 minimum fine) issued in relation to hosting gatherings at either licensed or private premises in breach of the regulations.

Four people were also reported to the Public Prosecution Service and another was issued with a Community Resolution Notice.

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Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick said: “We received a number of reports throughout yesterday (Monday) afternoon, last night and into the early hours of this morning of anti-social behaviour in the Holylands area.

“Officers attended on a number of occasions to disperse various groups of people.

“Police would encourage residents to continue to report issues of anti-social behaviour to them.

“While local officers will be making follow-up enquiries, it is disappointing that we continue to receive reports about noisy parties and anti-social behaviour in this residential area.”

C/Inspector Kirkpatrick added: “In light of last night’s events police are currently in the Holylands and will continue to have a nightly policing operation in this area this week.

“Local residents should be respected and should not have to contend with this type of behaviour.”

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