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Shocking image of unconscious Belfast boys with needles in city centre

By Allan Preston

A horrifying photo of teenagers lying unconscious in a Belfast subway after apparently injecting heroin, with the needles still in their arms, has caused alarm.

The teens were pictured holding what looks like needles while slumped on the ground of a pedestrian underpass beside the Albert Clock.

Many sharing the shocking picture online have said it shows how easily heroin is available on Belfast's streets.

That evening, a large crowd attended a DJ Timmy Trumpet concert only metres away in Custom House Square.

One attendee, widely quoted in the media, said: "Inside the gig was great ... but outside it was madness, seeing young kids lying with needles hanging out of their arms.

"Drugs are getting worse. This image is the reality of how serious our drug problem is."

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