Statement on Odyssey Arena incident

06 February 2014

"We strongly condemn the events unfolding tonight at the Odyssey Arena."

"We are extremely concerned to hear that a large number of young people are being treated for the apparent effects of alcohol and drugs. "Pubs of Ulster would reiterate that alcohol should be consumed responsibly and safely. Pre-loading at home before going out is dangerous and can lead to unintended consequences with people putting themselves at great risk. "Parents must stop under 18s getting access to drink and licensees should check ID and exercise extreme caution at all times. "We urge pubs in Belfast to be extra vigilant this evening - be on the lookout for persons underage and do not admit young people possibly coming from the Odyssey who have had too much to drink."