| 13.2°C Belfast

Complaints about rowdy Belfast students decline by 33%

Close

The number of complaints about anti-social behaviour in Belfast's main student area at the start of the new university term was down by a third on last year, Belfast City Council has said

The number of complaints about anti-social behaviour in Belfast's main student area at the start of the new university term was down by a third on last year, Belfast City Council has said

The number of complaints about anti-social behaviour in Belfast's main student area at the start of the new university term was down by a third on last year, Belfast City Council has said

The number of complaints about anti-social behaviour in Belfast's main student area at the start of the new university term was down by a third on last year, Belfast City Council has said.

Most of the complaints were about noise. The council said the 33% decrease followed "concentrated and ongoing work" by community safety officers and partner agencies, including the PSNI and the universities.

"From September 24 to October 3, 2018 a total of 36 anti-social behaviour complaints were received as compared to 56 during the same period last year," it said.

"The complaints included 32 about noise, two about anti-social behaviour in a crowd, one about damage to property and one relating to drug litter."

The council said it had dealt with some of the complaints, while referrals were also made to the universities and the police.

It added: "Council dealt with 16 complaints itself, mostly by way of verbal/informal warning, warning notices and, on occasion, a warning letter.

"Three referrals were made to the PSNI; two relating to noise and one in relation to anti-social behaviour.

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

"And 15 referrals were also made to higher education institutions."

Queen's University did not disclose how many complaints it had received about anti-social behaviour by its undergraduates.

It said: "The number of complaints...has remained static over the last two years."

Ulster University said it had seen "a significant decrease in the number of reports of anti-social behaviour" from the council's noise team compared with last year, but did not give the numbers involved.


Top Videos



Privacy