A COALISLAND mother has recounted her horror after she was caught up in a major incident at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on Thursday night, which saw 60 young people requiring medical treatment for the effects of drugs and alcohol.
The woman and her husband had driven their teenage son and three friends to a concert by Dutch DJ Hardwell at the venue, and attended the Odyssey’s cinema while the event was ongoing.
She told the TIMES how, upon leaving the venue to meet up with her son again, the scene was “like something out of the Apocalypse” with scores of ambulances, fire engines and police vehicles on hand to deal with what the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service termed a “major incident”.
“What we saw even as we were driving into the Odyssey car park before the concert started, was like a teenage disco, there were young boys urinating on the street and young girls falling all over the place.
“There was no phone reception inside and when we came out and saw all the ambulances, fire engines and even rescue boats on the Lagan, it was like something out of the Apocalypse. We were so glad to see our son and his friends who were thankfully safe and blissfully unaware.”