£35,000 police bill for Belfast riots

UK“Policing student violence in south Belfast on St Patrick’s Day cost over £35,000, it was revealed today.Riot police were called to Carmel Street in the Holylands after drunken youths vandalised a car then threw cans and bottles at officers. A total of 19 people were arrested and two members of the force injured. Residents’ spokesman Ray Farley said: ‘The money would be better spent on other things. It is an area where there’s not a lot of respect for the environment and people there do what they want to do …’” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 April]

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