Northern Ireland

Belfast drinkers fined for boozing in public place

empty bottle on street

Five people have been fined for on-street drinking in the university area of south Belfast on St Patrick's Day.

Six others were also fined in Belfast Magistrates Court for drinking alcohol in a public place.

The prosecutions were brought by Belfast City Council.

Police said in March that a significant amount of alcohol was seized in the Belfast area, including the Holyland, throughout St Patrick's Day.

A council spokeswoman said tackling on-street drinking and underage drinking is part of the council's ongoing work under its Safer Belfast plan and part of their Get Home Safe scheme.

"We work with the PSNI to enforce alcohol by-laws which prohibit drinking alcohol in a public place.

"Where appropriate, we will prosecute offenders as part of our commitment to helping reduce anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime," she said.

"The issues associated with the university area, and in particular the Holyland, have been well documented and the council and its partner agencies are committed to working together and pooling resources, to find practical solutions that deliver results for residents and the wider community."

The council also runs education and awareness sessions in communities and schools across Belfast.

Jennifer Johnston, from Abbot's Wood in Holywood, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after she was detected drinking alcohol at Damascus Street.

Ryan Robinson, from Kinnego Cottages, Dungannon, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at University Avenue.

Laura May Delaney, from Corrina Avenue, Dunmurry, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after she was detected drinking alcohol at Agincourt Avenue.

Gregory McGlohn, from Toura Road, Enniskillen, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol in Rugby Avenue.

Robert O'Kane, from Sherbourne Heights, Magherafelt, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Rugby Avenue.

A number of other people also appeared in Belfast Magistrates Court charged with on street drinking.

Gerard Joseph McKenna, from Cloona Crescent, Dunmurry was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at University Road on 9 January 2010.

Dermot O'Sullivan, from Carrigart Avenue, west Belfast, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Suffolk Road on 28 March 2010.

Niall Parker, from Forfar Street in the west of the city, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Earlscourt Street on 19 February 2010.

Kevin O'Neill, from Coolnasilla Park South, west Belfast, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Glen Road on 5 April 2010.

Samuel Ruben Geddis, from Mount Pleasant Road, Newtownabbey, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Malone Road on 18 February 2010.

Michael Daniel Cullen, from Downshire Avenue, Craigavon, was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs of £66 after he was detected drinking alcohol at Damascus Street, in the university area of Belfast, on 4 March 2010.