Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 3 September 2015

It's Run Direction as fans mob band's bus

Boys are left 'shaken' as hundreds of girls break through cordon

By Maureen Coleman

Published 11/03/2013

One Direction performing on stage at the Odyssey Arena. Friday 8th March 2013. Photo submitted by Muriel Sayers
One Direction performing on stage at the Odyssey Arena. Friday 8th March 2013. Photo submitted by Muriel Sayers
One Direction fan Chloe Sayers who celebrated her birthday at the concert on Friday night. Photo submitted by Muriel Sayers
One Direction performing on stage at the Odyssey Arena. Friday 8th March 2013. Photo submitted by Muriel Sayers
One Direction fan Chloe Sayers' banner and ticket for the concert on Friday night. Photo submitted by Muriel Sayers
A One Direction fan waits at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood to catch a glimpse of the group.
One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel, trying to catch a glimpse of the group.
Young One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.
One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.
One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.
One Direction's Liam Payne trying to get through the crowd of fans at the Culloden Hotel.
One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
One Direction fans from Lisburn at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
One Direction fans trying to catch a glimpse of their pop idols at the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on Sunday.
One Direction fans Lauren Dowle (13), Holly Chambers (13) and Keira Gray (11) from Holywood and Belfast, at the Culloden Hotel.
One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band.
One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band.
One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band.
One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
Mum Julie, Yasmin and little Checoby Rainey from Donaghadee after meeting Harry from One Direction.
One Direction's Zayn Malik getting on their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast.
One Direction's Niall Horan getting on their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast.
One Direction's Liam Payne getting on their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast.
One Direction's Niall Horan getting on their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast.
One Direction fans (l-r) Diane Heron with her daughters Carla (13) and Emma (16) along with Jade (13) and her mother Sonya Crothers, at the Odyessy Arena for the second night of the bands four night shows.
One Direction fans queue at the Odyssey Arena before the concert in Belfast on Thursday night.
One Direction fans Hannah McClure and Katlyn Bradshaw queue at the Odyssey Arena before the concert in Belfast on Thursday night.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans gather outside the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, hoping to catch a glimpse of their pop idols.
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue. Left to right. Toni Thompson (9), Tanya Sherrit (9) and Jodie-Lee Jamison (12) from Lisburn
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue. Left to right. Eimear Deeds (10) and Anna Smyth (7) from Belfast
One Direction's Zayn Malik pictured yesterday boarding a tour bus at the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast
One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm for a second day
One Direction's Zayn Malik pictured getting on the their tour bus at the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast
One Direction fans wait to catch a glimpse of the singers at Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast
One Direction's Liam Payne & Louis Tomlinson pictured getting on the their tour bus at the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second night of the band's four-night run at the venue. Cody Horner (6 & left) with his brother Ryan (8) and their cousin Teah (9)
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second night of the band's four-night run at the venue. Rhianna Stuart (7) from Belfast
One Direction fans wait at the Culloden Hotel for a glimpse of the singers
One Direction fans wait at the Culloden Hotel for a glimpse of the singers
One Direction's Niall Horan pictured getting on the their tour bus at the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second night of the band's four-night run at the venue. Left to right; Diane Heron with her daughters Carla (13) and Emma (16) along with Jade (13) and her mother Sonya Crothers
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second night of the band's four-night run at the venue
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second night of the band's four-night run at the venue. Left to right; Courtney Morgan (14) and Courtney McIvor (14) from Craigavon
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue
One Direction fans at the Odyssey Arena for the second show of the band's four-night run at the venue

Teen heart-throbs One Direction were left shaken after up to 200 fans mobbed their tour buses as they prepared to leave the Culloden Hotel.

The five boys were en route to the Odyssey Arena for Sunday night's concert – the third of their sold-out Belfast shows – when over-enthusiastic fans ran at their buses, banging on the sides and screaming their names.

Security staff and police officers had to hold the crowd back when band members Harry Styles and Liam Payne sneaked out a side door and made for their tour bus. But fans managed to smash a cordon and surge forward towards the boys, who were quickly ushered on to their bus.

Police pushed the crowd back to a safe distance, but when Irish member Niall Horan came out of the hotel, they rushed forward again.

One fan who witnessed the scenes of fan frenzy described it as "chaotic".

She said the band members had looked "petrified" by the throng.

"We were all told to stand back and were kept together in quite a small space and everyone was getting worked up about the boys coming out," she said.

"A few cars were parked in the way to block us off from the buses but we could see the boys coming out of a side door.

"When Harry came out, everyone went mad and started running towards him.

"He went back inside but came out again with Liam and got straight on the bus.

"The police moved us back but when Niall came out we all ran forward again. To be honest, he looked petrified.

"Then Zayn came out followed by Louis and they got on the bus. It was crazy.

"There were girls screaming and crying and people shoved up against the buses.

"Thankfully none of the younger kids ran forward."

When the tour buses eventually managed to leave the hotel, the fans ran on to the road after them.

The fan said: "One girl had fallen over in the rush to the buses and had hurt her leg, but when I told her to get it looked at, she said she didn't want to miss the boys leaving.

"We saw them on the buses and they all looked pretty shaken."

A PSNI spokesman said officers were at the scene to "police the situation" and "'assist with traffic". He said no reports of an incident were reported and said One Direction fans were known for being "over-exuberant".

One Direction wrapped up their Odyssey Arena shows on Monday night after an eventful five days in the city, marked by scenes of hysteria.

Youngest member Harry Styles, who chatted up a Belfast girl after spotting her in the audience on Thursday night, returned home to England on Saturday to visit his mum for Mother's Day, while Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson travelled to Dublin to watch the Ireland v England rugby match.

Zayn Malik and Liam Payne stayed in the hotel on their day off.

It is understood the girlfriends of Louis, Zayn and Liam were also in Belfast at the weekend.

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