UK news A night in Belfast's Holyland: Police crackdown as new laws introduced last news
MetiNews.Com - Police took full advantage of new legislation allowing them to enforce the Covid-19 regulations as a number of house parties were broken up in the Holyland area of south Belfast last night.
Breaking News ! "Police took full advantage of new legislation allowing them to enforce the Covid-19 regulations as a number of house parties were broken up in the Holyland area of south Belfast last night. The crowds were nowhere near the size of those earlier in the week as the majority of young people decided to keep a low profile.Many of those on the streets were merely observing the partying but a small number were openly drinking outside their properties, and along the Agincourt Avenue area.Empty beer tins and bottles, and broken glass, lined the footpaths and roads as the number of revellers began to steadily rise shortly before midnight.Police Land Rovers with CCTV, Belfast City Council wardens and a PSNI Covid-19 enforcement van roamed the Holyland area in an effort to make their presence felt following the outcry from local residents and politicians over the possible spread of coronavirus.Crowds began to build even further between midnight and 1am as many young people took their house parties out onto the street.Many of those involved were happy to talk to this reporter but declined to comment on the lack of social distancing, street drinking and noise as the crowds became more and more rowdy.Meanwhile, police officers wearing face masks and gloves were targeting properties which either had music pumping or a large number of people inside or outside.
.It wasn't until 1.10am that the PSNI really made use of their new powers as Tactical Support Group (TSG) officers and local support officers made a concerted effort to clear Agincourt Avenue.At least 15 police officers moved from pocket to pocket of young people up and down the street telling them it was home time - with the support of four PSNI Land Rovers.Most of the young people involved took the advice on board and quietly headed for home around 1.40am.Officers admitted it was a quieter night than usual and will be hoping it stays that way as freshers week is just days away."
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