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Clare Bailey continues to work on Holyland ASB issues

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Clare Bailey MLA has said that she will continue to work in the Holyland during Freshers Week amidst reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The South Belfast MLA said: “These are not new problems and there is an annual spike in reports of anti-social behaviour during Freshers Week.

“I would remind students of the rights of others living in the area and their responsibility to act in a way that doesn’t cause annoyance.

“Students should realise that they are living in an area of high crime. There are many assaults and sexual offences reported across the Holyland each year and people should be mindful of their personal security.

“Parents of students must play their role in ensuring that problems don’t arise in the area. Accommodation in the Holyland is often low quality but comes with a high rent. Parents should understand housing standards their young people have signed up to and that they perhaps are helping to pay for.“

Clare Bailey concluded:

“I would also encourage residents to report any anti-social behaviour to the PSNI and Belfast City Council. If the problem isn’t reported, it cannot be properly profiled and policing and council resources put to it.”

Important numbers:

  • Belfast City Council Noise Problem report line – 028 9037 3006
  • PSNI non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency

ENDS

Media contact – Sinead McIvor – 07701 302 498

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