Youths warned over 'organised' disorder

Youths warned over 'organised' disorder

Three teenagers, the youngest of whom was 12, have been arrested in connection with anti-social behaviour in south Belfast which police believe was organised through social media.

The 12-year-old and two others, aged 14 and 16, were detained after rival factions of youths gathered in Ormeau Park on Saturday and Sunday.Police said similar incidents have occurred in east Belfast last month and since 15 April, 21 arrests have been made which were "directly linked to interface issues", ranging from criminal damage, to anti-social behaviour and riot.Police warned young people in these areas that engaging in anti-social behaviour could result in prosecution and in the process damage their future opportunities.Chief Inspector Robert Murdie, PSNI Area Commander for South Belfast, said: "I would appeal to parents to make sure that you speak to your child, make them aware of the risks of being in an area where anti-social behaviour is occurring and I would ask all parents to make sure that you know where your child is and what they are doing."Police are working with Belfast City Council and there will be an increased presence of police and park wardens in the area."Police are also working with local community groups to highlight the impact that a criminal record can have on an individual. A criminal record can effect career and travel options."


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