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Scene outside Belfast's Odyssey Arena

Ambulances were lined up outside Belfast's Odyssey Arena tonight as both the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Ulster Hospital declared a major incident involving around 60 young people.

The youngsters were said to be suffering from the ill-effects of alcohol and drugs - at varying levels of consciousness.

Several emergency service attended the scene involving around 60 young people outside Odyssey Arena Credit: UTV News

A spokesperson for the South Eastern Trust said they were aware of an incident involving a bus at the arena.

Belfast's Odyssey Arena, where DJ Hardwell performed Credit: UTV News

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Concerned parents arrive at Belfast's Odyssey Arena

Emergency services in Belfast are still dealing with a major incident after treating around 60 young people for the effects of drink and drugs outside the city's Odyssey Arena.

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Steady stream of concerned parents arriving at Odyssey Arena. Dance event ongoing. Ambulance service still dealing with major incident

Read: '60 intoxicated youths' treated in NI 'major incident'

'60 intoxicated youths' treated in NI 'major incident'

A 'major incident' was declared in Belfast by both the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Ulster Hospital after 60 young people were treated for the effects of drink and drugs, sources told UTV News.

An ambulance spokesman said they are dealing with casualties believed to be suffering ill-effects of alcohol and drugs, at varying levels of consciousness.

A spokesperson for the South Eastern Trust said they were aware of an incident involving a bus at the Odyssey Arena.

Read: 'Major incident' declared at Odyssey Arena in Belfast

'Major incident' declared at Odyssey Arena in Belfast

UTV News reporter Mark Mallett has tweeted:

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BREAKING: Northern Ireland Ambulance Service declares a "major incident" at Odyssey Arena in Belfast

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BREAKING: Amb spokesman: dealing with casualties believed to be suffering ill-effects of alcohol & drugs, at varying levels of consciousness

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Belfast centre sealed off as experts examine fire bomb

Belfast city centre has been sealed off as experts examine a fire bomb believed to have ignited at a shop in the busy shopping district, just a few hundred metres from the site of a blast on Friday night.

Police at the scene in Belfast city centre Credit: UTV

Read: Police hunt for hooded man in Belfast bomb probe

Christmas party goers were forced to evacuate busy bars and restaurants on Friday, after a sports bag with a small explosive inside ignited on the pavement in the city's Cathedral Quarter.

"We are advising city centre businesses to check their premises for any suspicious objects," a police spokesperson said.

The escalation by extremists opposed to the peace process has also included posting letter bombs to senior police commanders and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers.

Police have stepped up their presence since masked men forced a terrified driver to bring a bomb into a Belfast city centre car park in November.

Read: Police step up Belfast security after bomb blast

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