27/02/2007

Investigation over teens ‘abandoned’ in Downpatrick

An investigation has been launched into claims that a group of teenagers had been abandoned in the County Down countryside while on a half-term holiday from England.

Seven teenagers from County Durham, aged between 12 and 14, were allegedly told to make their own way back to a hostel in Downpatrick, after they were accused of misbehaving.

The youths claimed that last Wednesday at around 9.30pm they were told to get ready to go out, before being dropped off in heavy rain.

They also said they were left to walk around for an hour in the dark before they called at a house, and the homeowner contacted police.

Durham County Council, which is responsible for the youth group, issued a statement saying they will be fully investigating the matter.

(JM/SP)

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