Northern Ireland

Belfast university area: 75 student noise inspections

South Belfast university area
Students have been returning to Belfast's university area

Belfast City Council's night time noise team has carried out 75 inspections in the university area since the weekend, the council has said.

One £110 on the spot fine was issued, as well as 19 warning notices for excessive noise and 10 verbal warnings.

Tougher penalties are now in place under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act, which came into effect in April.

Hundreds of students have been arriving in Belfast this week as the new university terms get under way.

Meanwhile, three Armagh students were fined £150 for causing a noise disturbance at a house in Belfast's Holyland area.

Gary Kelly, from Ballyhoy Road, Kieran Pattison, from Drumbreda Crescent, and Matthew Fearon, from Drumbreda Gardens, were also ordered to pay court costs of £72 each.

The three men were fined after they contravened a warning notice from the city council on 22 February, 2012 for playing loud music at a house in Palestine Street.

Hundreds of new and returning students have been arriving in Belfast this week as the new university terms get underway.

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