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Belfast's Hatfield bar 'open for business as usual' following police search

A popular south Belfast bar has said it is "open for business as usual" following a joint raid by both PSNI and customs officers.

Four PSNI landrovers, a police van and three cars from Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue (HMRC) were seen parking up outside the Hatfield House on the lower Ormeau Road shortly before 12pm on Monday.

A PSNI spokesperson said the search related to licensing.

The Hatfield Bar told the Irish News it had been "part of a multi-agency approach to ensure compliance with NI licensing law provisions" and it had agreed to close to "facilitate a timely and effective process for the PSNI ".

The spokesman said: "PSNI officers have informed us that we are one of a number of licensed premises in the city who are being visited.

"In order to facilitate a timely and effective process for PSNI we agreed to close for a few hours.

"We are now open for business as usual."

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