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Drunken children as young as 12 at illegal 'Facebook' rave in Belfast park

By Chris Kilpatrick

Children as young as 12 are said to have been among 250 teenagers who took part in an illegal rave in a Belfast public park.

It is understood Saturday night's outdoor party was arranged through Facebook and attracted young people from across the city to Orangefield Park in east Belfast.

Many were said to have been drinking alcohol, with police reportedly coming under attack from stones and bottles as they tried to disperse the crowd. A 16-year-old girl was arrested for public order offences but later released.

Belfast City Council said that on Sunday morning park wardens found broken bottles, a small fire burning in the service yard, masses of litter and an overturned bottle bank at Dixon playing fields.

Veteran Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers said the trouble could mean the opening hours of the park being restricted to curb ongoing anti-social behaviour in the area.

"Some parents are even said to be stopping off at off-licences to go in and get the drink, as the children were too young," he said.

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