17/04/2019

Youths Admit To Causing Fire At Belfast Play Park

Two young people aged 11 and 13 have admitted to damaging equipment at Avoniel Play Park in east Belfast.

The children were spoken to in the presence of their parents and admitted to being behind the incident which occurred earlier this week. They have both now been referred to the Youth Diversion Officer.
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A PSNI spokesperson said: "Thanks to your help, we have identified and spoken to two youths aged 11 and 13 years of age in the presence of their (understandably furious) parents, who have admitted responsibility for the damage to equipment at Avoneil playpark in East Belfast earlier this week. Both young people will now be the subject of a report to the Youth Diversion Officer.

"This incident once again reinforces our regular appeals for parent and guardians to know where their children are and what they are doing. It's also critically important to speak to children to ensure they understand that what might seem like fooling about can sometimes get out of hand."

The popular play area was set alight on Monday 15 April and will be closed for "some time" for repairs.



(JG)

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