30/06/2015

Police Clamp Down On Antisocial Behaviour

Police in Belfast are calling on parents to make sure they know where their children are as officers clamp down on antisocial behaviour.

Police raised concerns after a number of reports of various incidents of antisocial behaviour involving youths across the city.

Belfast City District Commander, Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: "Over the past number of weeks we have seen an increase in the number of incidents at interface areas across the city. These incidents are reckless and have the potential to result in someone getting seriously injured.

"We have been engaging with the youths and community representatives encouraging the young people to move away from the interface areas where incidents have taken place. Some of those involved are not locals and have come to the interface areas to stir up tensions.

"Just last night in East Belfast we had reports of a flare being thrown in the direction of Bryson Street, golf balls being thrown into Thistle Court and we also retrieved six petrol bombs.

"In the North of the City we had reports of bricks being thrown and wheelie bins being set alight.

"In the West of the City we received reports of youths setting the traffic lights on fire in the Twinbrook area.

"These are just a few examples of some of the incidents that occurred within Belfast within the past 24 hours."

Parents are being urged to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing and to talk to them about the danger of getting caught up in the moment and the possible outcomes they could face if they are found committing any offence.

(CD/JP)

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