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St Patrick’s Day revellers moved on by police at Belfast park party

Written by on 17/03/2021

St Patrick’s Day revellers in a Belfast park had to be moved on by police after their celebrations breached COVID gathering rules.

Officers were forced to close down Botanic Gardens in the south of the city after hundreds of young people had gathered on Wednesday.

Prior to the police intervention, there had been a party atmosphere with groups drinking, playing music and playing ball games.

People out in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, on St Patrick's Day. Picture date: Wednesday March 17, 2021.
Image: Officers were forced to take ‘operational action’ against partygoers
Members of the public interact with a man dressed as St Patrick on O'Connell Street in Dublin on St Patrick's Day. Picture date: Wednesday March 17, 2021.
Image: Others marked the day in a socially-distanced way

There are currently tight restrictions on public gatherings in Northern Ireland under COVID-19 regulations.

PSNI assistant chief constable Alan Todd said officers took “operational action” after his previous warning that those caught breaking the rules against group gatherings could face stiff fines went unheeded.

And he warned people who had been fined before risked even tougher penalties.

Police closed down Botanic Gardens in the south of the city after hundreds of young people gathered
Image: Police closed down Botanic Gardens in the south of the city after hundreds of young people gathered

The traditional St Patrick’s Day celebrations, including a large parade in Belfast city centre, have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

Mr Todd said while a number of people had been turned away from various beauty spots, the majority had heeded the public health messages.

 Sky News

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