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‘Rowdy behaviour’ marks Halloween

By Paul Ainsworth

RESIDENTS of the Holyland area of South Belfast have slammed local students for “rowdy behaviour” on Halloween night, including letting off fireworks into the early hours of the morning.

Along with St Patrick’s Day, Halloween is dreaded by the area’s long term residents, due to parties and disruptive behaviour at all times of the day and night.

Ray Farley of the Holyland Regeneration Association said this year’s festivities were no different, and claimed the fireworks let off included illegal bangers.

“It was a very disruptive night, that began loudly, quietened for a bit, but then when the bars let people out and the students returned to their houses, it became very loud again,” he told the South Belfast News.

“A lot of people were causing a nuisance, and although the police were driving through the area, the mayhem continued anyway. The very loud noise of fireworks went on all night and there were several loud bangers being let off, which no one should be able to get hold of anyway. This would be very disturbing for local elderly residents, and peoples’ pets.

“There just doesn’t seem to be a proactive approach by the police in actually preventing this disruptive behaviour.”

A PSNI­ spokesman told this paper that patrols were active in the vicinity through to the following morning.

“Night patrols were enhanced and in the Holyland area the shift patterns of neighbourhood officers were also altered to provide a visible presence on the streets, late into the night.

“Also, anyone with information about the illegal supply of fireworks is encouraged to contact a member of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”


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