13 arrests at 'successful' T Vital

Published Monday, 25 August 2014
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Police made 13 arrests over two nights of the T Vital festival in Belfast.

13 arrests at 'successful' T Vital
Thousands turned out for this year''s T Vital festival. (© PA)

Officers said the arrests, for a number of minor alcohol related and disorderly offences, represented a "tiny minority" of the 50,000 festivalgoers and the event, headlined by rock band The Killers on Thursday and DJ David Guetta on Sunday, had been a "huge success".

A total of 17,500 units of alcohol were seized at Boucher Road Playing Fields.

South Belfast Superintendent Mark McEwan said: "I believe that it has been a very successful festival and I am pleased that the city of Belfast has hosted yet another large event so well.

"This is no coincidence, I believe that it is down to the hard work of the organiser, all agencies involved, and the attitude of the music fans themselves."

Organisers said over 30,000 music fans turned out to see David Guetta play a set packed with hits including Shot Me Down, Play Hard and Titanium on Sunday evening.

Sarah Shimmons, from Tennent's NI, said: "Together with our partners MCD, we'd like to say a huge thank you to the Tennent's Vital fans for helping make the 2014 festival such a huge success."

Superintendent Mark McEwan continued: "Over the two nights there were a total of 17,500 units of alcohol seized and 13 arrests made. This is a tiny minority when it is considered that there were 50,000 people there and I view the event to be a huge success overall".

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lucylou in belfast wrote (112 days ago):
Blue in Belfast--The fact you address your daughter as a child is exactly my point--too young for an event such as this when not accompanied by an adult. I'm not suggesting this assault on her was in ANY way ok. Just that these events are not really safe places for kids especially with all the alcohol being consumed by older attendees. I can sympathise with your position as a parent who has little or no say when it comes to yea or nay decisions in these circumstances. Perhaps your ex partner will be more discerning with future requests of a similar nature ie if she can't be with an adult then there is a little word not much used to kids these days and that is NO. I hope your daughter recovers fully and soon.
blue in belfast wrote (113 days ago):
AFTER WHAT HAPPENED TO MY CHILD AT THIS DISGRACEFUL EVENT IT DOESNT LOOK LIKE THERE WAS MUCH POLICING OR SECURITY. HOW CAN THIS BE CALLED SUCCESSFUL SPOKEN TOO 2 DIFFERENT PARENTS TODAY OF KIDS ATTACKED AND SOME WERE UNDERAGE AND GOT IN WITH NO ID OR FAKE ID. CLEARLY SECURITY NEEDS REVIEWED BEFORE NEXT YEAR BEFORE SOMEONE IS KILLED AT ONE OF THESE SO CALLED SUCCESSFUL EVENTS. IS THAT WHAT ITS GOING TO TAKE BEFORE SOMEONE TAKES THIS SERIOUSLY... THIS SHOULD BE FOR ADULTS ONLY AND EVEN THEN SECURITY AND POLICING SHOULD BE TIGHTER
Reality in Belfast wrote (113 days ago):
Would like to think policing at this event was paid for by the organisers and not public!
blue in belfast wrote (114 days ago):
lucylou as I said. I was against here going. I didn't want it and as I say she lives with her other parent not me so I was powerless to stop her. her other parent was ok with her going as in a large crowd that said this still shouldn't happen to her should it..and you say I call her a child well she is at 16 is she not not every parent has full control of their children if they don't live with them. what am I to do. I am mad angry and pissed off this has happened how to hell could I stop her going when shes not with me. this does not excuse what happened. an adult attacked a minor at a music event...I didn't make the rules. from what ibe saw and read about his event it should have been over 21s only
lucylou in belfast wrote (114 days ago):
cmac and blue in Belfast-----If you consider your daughter a ''child'' WHY was this 'child' allowed to go this gig with I assume ''children'' around her own age who were obviously incapable of stopping the drunk 'woman' who attacked her. She's YOUR 'child' and you let her go -----the risk was all yours; you can't expect to abdicate your parental responsibilities and then complain when this horrible thing happened to your 'child'. You are calling her a child?==then should she not have been accompanied by an adult or not allowed to go, which, by all accounts would have been the better decision for the parents of a lot of 'children'there.
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