THREE people were arrested and a police officer was injured during public disorder in the early hours of this morning.
A PSNI spokesmperson said that shortly after 2am this morning, Thursday 17 March, police received a report of a large crowd numbering up to 300 people in the Agincourt Avenue area of south Belfast.
“Police responded and attempted to disperse a drunken crowd who were damaging property and throwing missiles.
“Three males were arrested on suspicion of a number of public order offences and an officer was injured when he was struck on the shoulder by a bottle.
“Calm was restored shortly before 4.30am and Police remained in the area for a period of time.
Supt Darrin Jones said police will be patrolling the area through St Patrick’s Day to prevent any further trouble.
“Police will continue to have a highly visible presence in the area over the coming days,” said Supt Jones.
“I want everyone to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations but I would strongly encourage people to consider the long term consequences of engaging in drunken or anti-social behaviour.
“Police will deal robustly with any offences to bring people before the courts, and this may lead to career limiting sanctions.
“Police will be on the streets of Belfast throughout the day to ensure anyone wishing to travel, work or socialise in Belfast can do so safely.”
There had been trouble in the Holylands area several years ago.