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Girl (17) charged with Botanic assaults

By David Young

A 17-year-old girl has been charged with four counts of common assault, following a police investigation into anti-social behaviour in Belfast's Botanic Gardens on Thursday.

The teenager cannot be named due to her age.

During an incident on Thursday, police said that they were called to the south Belfast park following what a PSNI spokesman has described as 'an altercation'.

Later that day, video footage emerged on Facebook of anti-social behaviour occurring in the park. Videos of the incident have received almost a million viewings since they were uploaded on Thursday.

Two people were arrested, one of them was the 17-year-old female who has since been charged.

Andrew McMenemy (25) was also arrested in connection with the Botanic Gardens incident.

He appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and assaulting a police officer.

He was remanded in custody.

Police said they were aware that "there may have been other assaults in the area" and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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