With Christmas on the way, thousands of Northern Irish shoppers have been pouring into the main streets of Belfast.
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Xmas tree TO shoppers queuing to enter store
SV British soldiers look on as policewomen search shoppers for hidden bombs (2 shots)
SV People walking in the street and looking into shop windows (2 shots)
SV Women carrying shopping
GV British troops on landrover patrolling streets as Xmas carols played (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Crowd carrying shopping TO band playing in street
SV Small boy looking at Xmas tree and troops patrolling streets (5 shots)
GV Band marching through street
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Background: With Christmas on the way, thousands of Northern Irish shoppers have been pouring into the main streets of Belfast.
SYNOPSIS: The number of shoppers in Belfast is reported to be higher than normal this year and bigger crowds means a bigger security risk. Even in the busy Christmas season the army is never very far away, and on average it's taking shoppers half an hour to pass through security checks and searches, before they can get into the main shopping streets.
Once inside the security net, shoppers are apparently buying eagerly for Christmas and luxury items are reported to be selling well.
British troops are carrying out their seventh Christmas patrols in the city of Belfast. It's a marked contrast to the sound of traditional carols filtering through the streets.
In spite of the tight security checks, and the presence of the army, the signs of Christmas are still evident in Belfast.