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Crates of petrol bombs seized from mob of up to 30 youths in Belfast

Published 07/07/2015

The crates of petrol bombs seized in a west Belfast alleyway
The crates of petrol bombs seized in a west Belfast alleyway

Four crates of petrol bombs were seized by police on Monday night after locals reported a mob of 20-30 youths carrying them through west Belfast.

The group of male youths, dressed in dark clothing with their hoods up, were seen walking down an alleyway which runs alongside Bog Meadow.

They were heading towards the St James Park area, near Belfast's Park Centre.

A police statement said 11 petrol bombs were discovered and seized in the alleyway and the youths made off. No arrests were made.

Inspector Alan Swann said: "I would like to thank the local community for the information which led to the seizure.  I would also urge parents 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.

“I would remind young people there are consequences when you get involved in this type of behaviour. What might seem like fooling about can often result in a criminal record which can affect travel, education and employment opportunities in the future. It is really important that young people understand this.”

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