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Police probe after cheese smeared on door in Holylands

Police are investigating the incident, pictured right, which happened at a house on Rugby Road in south Belfast
Brendan Hughes

CHEESE was smeared on a couple's front door in the Holylands area of south Belfast after residents complained about students making excessive noise.

Police are investigating the incident on Rugby Road, which was reported at about 11.20am yesterday morning.

Residents have for years complained of anti-social behaviour caused by drink-fuelled students descending on the area.

They described the latest incident as "intimidating" – and said that some householders were now considering moving out after years of problems.

One nearby householder said the couple, who have a seven-month-old daughter, were "very upset" over their home being targeted.

It followed a series of complaints to police over the weekend about anti-social behaviour.

Officers were called at about 5.30am on Sunday after young men were heard banging on the door of a property on Rugby Road. Police said they "responded, however the males had already left".

At about 10.15am, the PSNI then received a report of a young man exposing himself along the street.

Officers spoke to a 20-year-old man at the scene, and the incident was "dealt with by way of a Penalty Notice for Disorder for indecent behaviour".

And yesterday, officers received a report of food products smeared over a door and window of a property.

The PSNI described it as a "report of criminal damage" and said enquiries were continuing.

Earlier this year The Irish News revealed the scale of binge-drinking and anti-social behaviour in the Holylands.

More than 30,000 alcohol units were seized by council officials in three years, and over 1,800 complaints of anti-social behaviour were made.

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