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Anger at 'illegal' rave taking place near north Belfast interface

DUP councillor Brian Kingston has hit out at an 'illegal rave' taking place near an interface in north Belfast.

Mr Kingston on Friday night said he was "appalled" at the scenes on Hillview Road.

It's not known exactly where the event is taking place but Mr Kingston said it was in the industrial site near Olympus Gym.

Mr Kingston said the event was denied an entertainment licence.

Police are in attendance along with council officers where crowds of young people are gathering.

PUP councillor Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston said she was receiving calls from concerned residents.

She tweeted: "Receiving calls from concerned residents of Lower Oldpark with regards to an ongoing rave at the Hillview Interface that was, earlier today, denied an entertainments license by Belfast City Council.

"Liaising with police who have a heavy presence onsite."

Mr Kingston said: "This is an industrial site and it's taking place without an entertainment licence and it's also at a very sensitive interface just off the Oldpark Road."

Mr Kingston said there were over a dozen PSNI Land Rovers at the scene and that it was "entirely unregulated" and young people were arriving wearing a wristband.

“I’m told the organisers did apply for an entertainment licence but did so at too short notice and there will be lots of questions on how this event is being run. Residents on lower Oldpark Road say bottles were thrown at their houses last week when the event finished at around 4am. I will be doing my utmost to get these events stopped.”

He added: "It may well be they will try and have one tomorrow night and it can be difficult to get enforcement action over the weekend.

"But I will be contacting senior council officers and members of the licence committee at City Hall and speaking to senior police officers."

"It's entirely unregulated and at an interface location", he said.

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