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Dozens of youths treated at N Ireland rave

07 February 2014, 13:14

London - The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service on Thursday declared a major incident after treating around 60 youths for the suspected effects of drugs and alcohol outside a concert in Belfast.

An ambulance worker said two of the patients were found unconscious and fourteen required hospital treatment after becoming ill before a performance by Dutch dance artist DJ Hardwell in the city's Odyssey Arena.

He told Sky News that many of the youths were showing general signs of feeling unwell and were vomiting frequently.

The most severe cases will be treated overnight in the city's Royal Victoria and Mater hospitals, although no lives are thought to be at risk, according to a hospital spokesperson.

A spokesperson for the Odyssey Arena, Adrian Doyle, said: "A number of patrons arriving to attend a concert by Dutch DJ act Hardwell have required medical attention, having already been intoxicated on their arrival at the complex.

"These patrons were not granted entry to the Odyssey Arena, and were treated by the ambulance service outside."

Local politician Michael Copeland said an eyewitness described the scene as "horrendous".

"It was an event for 16-to-18-year-olds and around 60 young people have gotten themselves into difficulties with alcohol," he explained.

Hardwell was recently named the world's number one DJ in the 2013 by DJ Mag.



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