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St Patrick’s Day warning to Northern Ireland students

By Lesley-Anne Henry

St Patrick’s Day is not an excuse to engage in drunken anti-social behaviour, a senior police officer has warned.

Chief Superintendent Alan McCrum has told students in Belfast’s Holyland area to be on their best behaviour this year, or face serious consequences.

And he warned CCTV cameras which cover the whole area will identify troublemakers.

“My officers will deal robustly with any incidents of criminal and anti-social behaviour,” he said.

“I would appeal to everyone to think before you behave in a way that might result in a criminal record; do not ruin your future in a moment of madness.”

Yesterday Belfast City Council unveiled its emergency hub at City Hall from where police, councillors and university representatives will monitor the 12 cameras covering the Holyland tomorrow.

During previous celebrations the area has witnessed scenes of alcohol-fuelled mayhem and last year nine people were arrested.

Students could face fines and expulsion and Professor Tony Gallagher, QUB pro-vice-Chancellor, said: “Our students have been, and are being, reminded that, if any of them are found to bring the university into disrepute, they will be subject to the full rigours of our strict disciplinary code.”

Professor Alastair Adair, pro-vice-Chancellor for communication and external affairs at the University of Ulster, said: “We will, as always, act swiftly to discipline any of our students identified as engaging in anti-social behaviour which tarnishes the good name of the university.”

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