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Police stage too big for city gig

Police in concert at the Isle of Wight

Health and safety fears have forced concert organisers to move the stage for a Police gig at Stormont.

Previous concerts at Stormont have seen the stage sited on the sloping lawn in front of Parliament Buildings.

But the height of the one used by the band led by Sting caused concern with health and safety advisors who were worried it might topple.

The stage for Friday's event has now been moved to flat ground, about half-way down Stormont's main driveway.

The iconic 80s three-piece will make their Northern Ireland debut at the Belfast venue as part of their European tour.

The band, whose hits include Roxanne, Message In a Bottle, and Every Breath You Take, will be the latest international artists to have performed at Stormont.

In 1997, then Secretary of State Mo Mowlam decided the grounds were under-used and organised a series of concerts.

In 1998, Sir Elton John performed the first ever open air concert, the following year the late Luciano Pavarotti also graced the grounds.

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