Belfast city centre: PSNI responds after videos of drug use and anti social behaviour shared on social media

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has said it takes issues around anti-social behaviour and drug use in Belfast city centre seriously after a number of videos were shared of incidents in the city on Thursday.

One video, shared by local businessman Chris Suitor on social media, appears to show multiple men snorting class A drugs on Donegall Place, one of the city’s busiest shopping streets.

Another video which circulated on Thursday appears to show multiple people involved in a physical altercation in the Donegall Place area, with dozens of youths gathered nearby.

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A spokesperson for the PSNI said the force had arrested four people who presented as being under the influence of drink or drugs in the Donegall Place area on Thursday - however none of these were related to the incidents captured in the social media footage.

South Belfast Policing Commander, Chief Inspector Mark Conway said: “I want to offer my reassurances that we take these issues very seriously. We carry out regular patrols in the City Centre area and will continue to do so as part of our commitment to address anti-social behaviour and illegal drug use.

“Our officers engage with partner agencies and local representatives on an ongoing basis as we seek collaborative and proactive solutions around these issues.

Chief Inspector Conway continued: “Anyone who is suspected of involvement can expect to be arrested by police and presented before the courts.

“We all have a responsibility to help make our community safer for everyone. Reporting crimes or incidents that impact on your quality of life helps us take positive action.

“Ring us on 101, report online at www.psni.police.uk/makeareport or speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Your actions could make a difference."

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