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'Missing' teens taunt police over Facebook appeals

By Jonny Bell

Published 16/05/2016

Demi Boyd and James Allsopp have been reported missing.
Demi Boyd and James Allsopp have been reported missing.

Two Northern Ireland teenagers have appeared to taunt police after missing appeals were made for them on PSNI Facebook pages.

Last week police issued separate appeals for the two teenagers.

James Allsopp was reported to police by his family as missing from the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

The 18-year-old was last seen on Wednesday.

Inspector David McBride said: “I would urge Mr Allsopp to make contact with police as a matter of urgency by telephoning 101 or attending any police station.”

But in a comment in the teenager's name immediately below the appeal, he told them he was "far from missing" and was "on the run from the PSNI".

"Get at picture of me down I'll send use better one... I'm in copshop doesn't look gd [sic]," the post from Mr Allsopp's account stated.

Hundreds reacted to the post and many expressed hope that the teen would be found.

Others asked why the appeal was being shared when James appeared to be posting on the thread.

It's understood James is known to the police, aside from the missing appeal.

Police said the appeal was solely based on the missing person report made by the family and not with the intention of arresting the teenager.

In a separate appeal, the PSNI in Bangor appealed for a missing 16-year-old Demi Boyd last seen in the seaside town on Friday.

However, she too appeared to respond to the appeal.

In a post under her name, she asked the police to take down the appeal.

"I'm sweet," one comment said.

The appeal was later removed from the PSNI's Bangor Facebook page.

Police said both teenagers were still missing on Monday morning and until both met with police face-to-face their appeals remained active.

"These are missing person appeals and we would hope they are both found safe and well," a police spokesman said.

Demi Boyd was later found safe and well on Monday afternoon.

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