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Derry police warn over fights arranged on Facebook

Police believe young people are using social network sites and mobile phones to organise a fight in Derry this weekend, enticing large groups of males and females out onto the streets to participate in and watch the fights.

Police say they believe a fight is being organised via Facebook and Blackberry Messenger for a location in Derry this Friday and have appealed to parents to dissuade their children from getting involved.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector, Garry Eaton told the Derry Journal: “We are appealing to help put a stop to these fights. The potential for serious injury cannot be underestimated. Younger children in particular could find themselves being drawn into a situation that is potentially very dangerous. It only takes one punch to bring about the possibility of lives being destroyed and families wrecked.”

He continued, “Parents need to closely monitor the social media sites their children are looking at on the Internet and talk to them about getting caught up in this sort of behaviour. I am urging schools, parents and community groups to help me reinforce this message to our youth. I am also asking anyone with information on the fights to report them to police immediately. Please call your local police station.”

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