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Four arrested for alcohol offences in Belfast ahead of David Guetta at Tennent's Vital festival

By John Mulgrew

Four people have been arrested for alcohol offences in south Belfast as the last night of the Tennent's Vital music festival takes place close-by.

Drivers have also been asked to avoid the Boucher Road area due to serious traffic delays.

In a statement the PSNI said: "Police have made four arrests for alcohol related offences in Boucher Road area. Everyone is reminded of need for personal responsibility."

Dance act David Guetta is headlining the last night of the Tennent's Vital festival, later this evening.

Earlier this month, Stormont ministers sounded alarm bells to prevent a repeat of the grotesque scenes outside the Odyssey when intoxicated concert-goers sparked a health service crisis.

Justice Minister David Ford had warned music fans could face court fines of up to £250 for being drunk in public.

Health Minister Edwin Poots and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan also voiced concern over the impact of binge-drinking.

The appeal came ahead of the Tennent's Vital and Belsonic music events in Belfast – seven months after the 'major incident' alert in February.

There were no reports of any trouble at concerts earlier this week.

A major incident' status was declared by the ambulance service at the Odyssey Arena earlier this year, with casualties - many of them young people - suffering from the ill-effects of alcohol and drugs.

The emergency services had to deal with scores of heavily intoxicated young people, some requiring hospitalisation.

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