BY CHIEF INSPECTOR GABRIEL MORAN, SOUTH BELFAST PSNI SECTOR COMMANDER
“WHATEVER your plans for celebrating St Patricks this weekend, we at Laganbank hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
“Just a reminder of a few words from the Police Service of Northern Ireland
“Those staying in Belfast to celebrate St Patrick’s Day should do so in a manner that does not bring disruption to residents or nearby businesses.
“Anyone planning parties must consider the wishes of those living nearby and should not create excessive noise, or become involved in anti-social behaviour. They must conduct themselves in a lawful and peaceful manner.
“Police will actively patrol areas such as Belfast City Centre and the Holylands with staff from Belfast City Council, to ensure St Patrick’s Day celebrations in private dwellings do not breach laws in relation to illegal drinking, public order and excessive noise.
“On one evening during last year’s celebrations eight people were arrested in the Holylands area for offences such as disorderly behaviour, drink driving, assault and criminal damage.
“This year police will not hesitate to take the same robust action against anyone breaking the law.
“Anyone seen drinking in a public area will have their details recorded by police with a view to future prosecution.
“Those intent on causing trouble must remember that a criminal record stays with you for life and could have serious negative effects on career and travel opportunities.”