Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Drink fines working: Lo

A number of people have been fined this week for drinking alcohol on the streets of south Belfast.

They follow the five dealt with last week for drinking in the streets on St Patrick’s Day.

Belfast City Council brought the prosecutions at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday. All were ordered to pay £66 costs.

Those who were fined included: Christopher Mitchell, from Merville Garden Village in Newtownabbey, who was fined £60 after he was detected drinking in Botanic Gardens on February 13.

Finton Patrick Daly, from Athboy Lane in Dungannon, was fined £60 for drinking at Rugby Avenue on February 26.

James Francis Daly, from Clay Road in Armagh, was fined £50 for drinking at University Avenue on March 17.

Nathan Young, from Mandeville Avenue in Lisburn, was fined £50 for drinking alcohol at Malone Road on February 12.

Christopher O’Neill, from Shannagh Brae, Enniskillen, was fined £50 after being detected drinking at Carmel Street on March 7.

Alliance MLA Anna Lo welcomed last week’s prosecutions, saying: “I hope these fines will act as a deterrent to those who see St Patrick’s Day as a time to cause anti-social behaviour.

“There has been a lot of work done by all the organisations involved including the universities, the police and Belfast City Council to tackle this problem, these fines are evidence that their efforts are working.”

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