Holylands: Safety Concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2021 by steve

Paula Bradshaw (Alliance): The House will be very familiar with complaints about the Holylands area of South Belfast, with the all-night partying, the risk of COVID being spread and waste being dumped in alleyways. In addition, I was made aware overnight that a young woman was followed home. I have seen the footage of her front door having been kicked in by a man …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 21 September]

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Holyland: 12 arrests after crowds gather in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2021 by steve

“The number of arrests made after several nights of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast has now risen to 12, police have confirmed. Large groups of young people have been gathering and drinking on the streets on a nightly basis ahead of the start of the new university term …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 September]

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Holyland: Police condemn crowds disrupting residents’ lives

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

“Five people have been arrested and more than 2,500 bottles and cans of alcohol have been seized over two nights in Belfast’s Holyland. Police said large crowds of mainly young people gathered on the streets on Monday. Five arrests were made for offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 September]

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1,500 items of alcohol recovered by police in Holyland area

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2021 by steve

“More than 1,500 items of alcohol were seized by police in the Holyland area in south Belfast during a night of unrest. Officers contending with large crowds of young people made five arrests for a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and burglary, issued 10 community resolution notices, a penalty notice for disorderly behaviour and reported three people to the Public Prosecution Service …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 14 September]

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Hundreds gather for Belfast Holyland street party in ‘worst night of disturbance in decade’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 13th, 2021 by steve

“Belfast Holyland residents have said that they have been left feeling ‘intimidated, disrespected and scared’ in their own homes after almost 400 young people gathered for a street party. One resident described it as one of the biggest nights of disruption he had experienced in almost 10 years …” (more)

[Amy Cochrane, Belfast Telegraph, 13 September]

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Belfast’s Holyland area ‘has become a lawless slum, a living hell’ … residents compile horror stories of daily life ahead of potential legal action against police, council and universities

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 21st, 2021 by steve

“Infuriated Holyland residents have shared horrifying stories of anti-social behaviour in the area ahead of proposed legal action against the PSNI, Belfast City Council and Ulster and Queen’s Universities …” (more)

[Ralph Hewitt, Belfast Telegraph, 21 August]

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University Retains No Information on non-students: Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast responded to The Gown that they did have Information Sharing Agreements with public agencies such as the Police and Belfast City Council, following concerns raised by students connected with the Student’s Union. Some representatives said that there were dangers for public trust if Queen’s University held any information on non-student members of the public who had breached Coronavirus laws …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 25 March]

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Heavy PSNI presence in Belfast’s Holyland following Botanic Gardens closure

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2021 by steve

“There was a heavy police presence on Wednesday evening in Belfast’s Holyland, following the closure of Botanic Gardens after large crowds had gathered in the park during the afternoon. A visible PSNI operation around the area has seen the Holyland experience a quiet end to St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Christopher Leebody, Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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‘Respect Belfast Holyland residents’, says PSNI chief Byrne warning St Patrick’s Day Covid breaches will be dealt with

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

“The PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has warned anyone planning to travel to the Holyland area of Belfast for St Patrick’s Day that police will deal robustly with Covid-19 breaches and anti-social behaviour. Mr Byrne is also backing a call by the area’s MP for a task force to oversee change in the main student area of Belfast – not just on St Patrick’s Day but all year round …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Students could be prevented from returning home at weekends, Foster warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“Students may be prevented from returning home at the weekends if coronavirus continues to spread in Belfast and other university towns, Arlene Foster has warned. Mrs Foster’s comments come amid concerns about the potential for students residing together in large numbers during the week bringing Covid-19 back to their local areas …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Holyland: Students suspended as almost 200 Covid notices issued

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

“A number of students have been suspended from Queen’s University following disorder in the Holyland area of south Belfast in recent days. It’s after the university received notifications of coronavirus regulation breaches from the PSNI, which led to the suspension of the students for two weeks …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 22 September]

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Police issue 55 Covid notices in Belfast Holyland as Justice Minister Long calls landlords to check behaviour of disruptive tenants

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices, including 31 at one house alone, and eight prohibition notices after another night of disruption in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Two arrests were made for drug possession and assault, while a passing police patrol gave first aid to a 20-year-old man who was drunk and unconscious …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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Police issue 47 Covid-19 notices in student area of Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 47 Covid-19 notices and nine prohibition notices over the last two nights in the Holyland area of Belfast. A 16-year-old male was also arrested for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply during the same period …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 20 September]

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House party of 30 in Holyland broken up

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“Thirty people from across Northern Ireland attended a house party in Belfast’s Holyland area, police said. Three people attempted to hide by locking themselves in a bathroom for more than 10 minutes as officers dealt with other people …” (more)

[Michael McHugh, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Police frustration as 55 Belfast Holyland Covid notices issued after house party visits

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 18th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued 55 Covid notices and three prohibition notices after calling to seven house parties in the Holyland area of south Belfast. Officers discovered more than 30 people attending one party in an apartment, where three people tried to hide from police by locking themselves in a bathroom for over 10 minutes …” (more)

[Eimear McGovern, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast Holyland: Covid and prohibition notices issued after another night of unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“Police have issued a series of sanctions after a another night of partying in the Belfast Holyland area. In one case a 20-year-old man who had been arrested in the area late on Tuesday evening, was arrested on suspicion of breaching bail last night and was charged to appear in court …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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‘Deplorable’ Belfast Holyland parties won’t be tolerated, says Swann

Posted in Governance and administration on September 17th, 2020 by steve

“The Health Minister has said that recent scenes of house parties in Belfast’s Holyland district must not be tolerated. Speaking at a Stormont Covid briefing, Robin Swann said footage of young people drinking in student housing near Queen’s University was unacceptable …” (more)

[Gareth Cross and Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 17 September]

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‘Let common sense prevail’: Annual St Patrick’s partying by students in Belfast raises Covid-19 concerns

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The notorious St Patrick’s Day parties in Belfast’s ‘Holylands’ area – an annual source of concern for local residents – are causing particular anxiety this year as Northern Ireland grapples with the spread of Covid-19 …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 17 March]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘at wits end’ as universities probe scores of anti-social behaviour cases

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 28th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University is investigating 100 cases of anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area of Belfast since the beginning of term. Figures obtained by the BBC show that the cases had come before the university’s disciplinary officers up to October 11. They are currently ongoing. Ulster University (UU) has issued 47 written warnings to students living in the area from the start of the academic year in September until November 7 …” (more)

[Gareth Cross, Belfast Telegraph, 28 November]

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PSNI denounce motion seeking to limit their presence on Queen’s University Belfast campus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 26th, 2019 by steve

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have responded to a motion that was tabled and then withdrawn from Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU) Council, saying that they will continue to patrol the university campus. The motion, which was due to be debated at a meeting of the union’s council last Wednesday, was withdrawn hours before the meeting …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 26 March]

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