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Police arrest more than 30 people in St Patrick's Day festivities

Individuals had gone to Belfast for the “carnival and family friendly atmosphere in the City.”

POLICE IN BELFAST arrested 33 people yesterday.

These were for a range of offences including possession of drugs, robbery, burglary, assault, criminal damage, public order and motoring offences.

Speaking about the St Patrick’s Day arrests, Inspector Rosie Thompson from the PSNI said, “out duty is to keep people safe.”

Throughout the day we had a visible police presence across the city… unfortunately there were a small number of individuals who ignored our advice and chose to engage in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

Around 15,000 people had travelled to city for the day and it is said that in most part people were there to enjoy the “family friendly atmosphere”.


Yesterday also saw Gardaí in Dublin seize more than €500,000 worth of heroin in a raid on a house in Ranelagh.

Members of the drug unit from Kevin Street Garda Station found seven blocks of what is suspected to be heroin worth €525,000. A man and a woman, both in their fourties, were arrested in connection with the incident.  The woman was later released without charge.

Read: Jimmy Fallon’s pros and cons of St Patrick’s Day are simply groanworthy

Also: Gardaí seize €500,000 worth of heroin in St Patrick’s Day raid

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