Thursday 12 December 2019

Police set to meet nightclub owners over car park 'sex' photos

Another angle of the incident
Another angle of the incident
The photo appears to show two couples engaged in a sex act

POLICE are to meet the owners of a nightspot in Belfast to try to prevent a repeat of scenes in which two young couples were captured on camera seemingly having sex in a car park.

The shock pictures, which have gone viral on social media, show two women on top of two men on a footpath outside El Divino at Laganbank Road in the city centre.


Alliance councillor Catherine Curran said the pictures are "not very good for the image of Belfast".


The photos sparked outrage from many people and now the PSNI says it will meet with the licensee to ensure "management practices" are put in place.


A PSNI spokeswoman told the Belfast Telegraph: "From the image it is not possible to determine if offences have been disclosed.


"The Police Service of Northern Ireland can confirm that no offences have been reported to police.


"Police intend to meet with the licensee to ensure management practices are put in place for the safety and protection of their patrons.


"In partnership with Pubs of Ulster and South Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership, the PSNI is working to deliver Vulnerability Awareness training for staff working in licensed premises in south Belfast.


"The initiative is designed to increase awareness amongst staff of some of the triggers of vulnerability and what steps they can take to help protect someone who may in be such a position," she added.


Catherine Curran of the Alliance Party, who represents the Laganbank area which includes the nightclub, said she was horrified when she first saw the photgraphs of the incident.


She added: "It is not very nice is it? There are actually people standing around as well.


"It is not the sort of behaviour you would hope to see young people engaged in and the fact that people are taking photos is not nice either.


"I would call for people to be careful, especially in this day and age when it is so easy to broadcast their behaviour.


"I would hope this is an isolated incident as it is not a very good image for Belfast.


"I think people should be a bit more responsible and be a bit more accountable for their own actions.


"I don't know what the circumstances were and if they were in a nightclub or not, or if they were intoxicated or not.


"But one would assume they weren't completely sober so this was a poor judgment call on their behalf and if this was to happen again they will end up being investigated by the police."


The shock scenes in Belfast come a short time after an incident in the Spanish resort of Magaluf earlier this month involving a teenage girl from Co Armagh performing sex acts on a large number of men in a nightclub.


The mayor of Magaluf slammed the behaviour.


El Divino has made no comment on the latest controversy.

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