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Police warn no repeat of Belsonic disorder after concert goers became 'so drunk they needed urgent medical treatment'

Police have issued a warning ahead of a Belsonic event on Friday.
Police have issued a warning ahead of a Belsonic event on Friday.

Police have issued a warning to concert goers planning to attend the Belsonic event in Belfast on Friday night.

It comes after three people were taken to hospital for medical treatment suffering from minor injuries and the effects of alcohol at last Friday's event.

Ahead of the DJ Tiesto event on Friday Chief Inspector Gary Reid said that Translink were forced to stop two trains last week due to revellers attending the concerts becoming "drunk and abusive".

He said that some of the people involved "were so drunk they required urgent medical treatment".

"We do not want to see a repeat of these incidents," Chief Inspector Reid said.

He said that those consuming large amounts of alcohol were putting themselves at greater risk of becoming victims of crime, including sexual assault.

Chief Inspector Reid warned that those who disregard the law will end up with a criminal record.

“Being drunk in a public place can attract a court fine of up to £250, with the potential for a criminal record. Police can also issue a fixed penalty of £40 for being drunk in a public place and £80 for disorderly behaviour or behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace. We will also have our specialist drugs dogs on duty, who are incredibly effective at detecting even the smallest amounts of drugs," he said.

 “We will be monitoring coaches approaching the venue. Drinking on buses is illegal and can pose a major road safety risk by distracting the driver. We will also confiscate alcohol from anyone under 18 years of age.

“We want to see everyone attending these concerts not only enjoying themselves but also obeying the law, acting responsibly and staying safe.”

Chief Inspector Reid asked parents to speak to young people who are attending to ensure that they behave responsibly at the event, and "particularly when they are travelling to and form it".

“Our message is that we want people to enjoy the concert responsibly," he said.

Those planning on attending the event are advised to plan their journey to and form the concert in advance.

Concert organisers have applied for a series of road closures, which will see Annadale Embankment closed from the Ormeau Road junction, through the Ravenhill Road junction between 4pm and midnight.

"This is to ensure the safe exit of people from the venue. Please agree your collection points bearing in mind that this road will be closed to through traffic which may cause disruption to traffic in the area," Chief Inspector Reid said.

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