POLICE have issued a warning about house parties after more than 40 Covid-related notices were handed out in the Holyland area of Belfast.
Police said at one stage 19 people locked themselves in a bedroom and two people were found hiding in the attic of a property at Penrose Street.
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police in South Belfast have issued 40 Covid 1 notices and four Covid 2 notices at a residential property in south Belfast in the early hours of this morning (11 November). Two people also received fixed penalty notices for obstructing Police.”
Sergeant Stuart Jackson said: “Just before 12.40am this morning, Police received a report about a large, noisy house party in the Penrose Street area. Officers attended a terraced property and located a large number of people inside. At one point, 19 people locked themselves in a bedroom and initially refused to come out. A further two people were found hiding in the attic.
“After issuing 32 Covid 1 notices, four Covid 2 notices and two fixed penalty tickets, police officers remained at the scene until people left the area.
“Just after 8.15am this morning, police received a further complaint that a party had restarted at the same address. Police again attended and issued a further eight Covid 1 notices.
“People must understand that the current health restrictions are not a game. Across Northern Ireland, people are making sacrifices, not visiting family members or friends and businesses have temporarily closed.
“The young people congregating or travelling to this area really need to consider their actions for their own health and that of the community of this residential area.
“Where appropriate, we will now engage with our University and Further Education partners, who may consider taking action if any of their students were involved with this party.”