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Martin McGuinness: 'Relieved' concert goers 'safe'

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness said the events of last night in Belfast, where 60 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of drugs and alcohol, were "shocking" but that he was relieved all those affected were safe.

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Shocking,the risk to the health of dozens of our young people at last nights Odyssey event.Relieved they're safe - we need to learn lessons.

Read: Symptoms 'consistent with drugs and alcohol misuse'

Symptoms 'consistent with drugs and alcohol misuse'

UTV reporter Marc Mallett has been told by a a consultant from Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital that the symptoms of those taken to hospital following a major incident at a concert are consistent with 'drugs and alcohol misuse'.

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Consultant at RVH says symptoms of those treated tonight are consistent with drugs & alcohol misuse. Major incident not yet stood down

Read: 60 young people being treated by paramedics at Belfast arena

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'15 people' admitted to hospital from Belfast concert

Doctors have been put on standby at the Ulster, Mater and Royal hospitals, in Belfast and total of 15 people have been admitted to hospital. The are 11 people at the Royal and four at the Mater, said to be in a in a stable condition and are being kept overnight, according to UTV.

A Northern Island Ambulance Services spokesman said they dealt with casualties "at varying levels of consciousness".

'Crammed people jumped barrier' at Belfast concert

Two students have said that 'people jumped the barrier' of the standing area of the concert at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast where are least five people have been taken hospital.

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2 students from QUB radio said the standing area in the concert was crammed as many seated people jumped the barrier. http://t.co/n4jkGCaequ

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Read: 60 young people being treated by paramedics at Belfast arena

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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

Read: Concerned parents arrive at Belfast's Odyssey Arena

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

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