Bradshaw praises St Patrick’s Day policing operation

South Belfast Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has praised the police following a lack of widespread antisocial behaviour on St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland.

A total of 15 people were arrested in the city centre and Holyland, for minor offences including disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest. Police patrolled the Holyland on Thursday and Friday, a move Ms Bradshaw said had resulted in less trouble than previous years.

“I wish to thank the police for their operation surrounding St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland in particular,” she said.

“Their presence helped ensure non-student residents were left with the minimum of disruption, while allowing revellers to enjoy themselves without a repeat of last year’s disgraceful scenes.”

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