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Crime in Belfast: Just how safe is Northern Ireland’s biggest city?

After a series of incidents in the last 10 days, Andrew Madden talks to the police, politicians, local shop owners and retail body chiefs about the recent violence and what can be done about it

A violent crime spree across Belfast,  with many of the incidents involving knives,  has left victims terrified and others questioning how safe is Northern Ireland’s capital city.

Several city centre shopkeepers fear shoppers are now avoiding certain streets due to high levels of substance abuse — which they say is happening openly — and which is believed to be a factor in some of the crimes.

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