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Police respond to east Belfast anti-social behaviour

Published 22/04/2016

PSNI arrested a 15-year-old teenager
PSNI arrested a 15-year-old teenager

Police are asking parents to make sure they know where their children and young people are and what they are doing, following reports of antisocial behaviour on Thursday night in the Mountpottinger Road, Strand Walk and Ballymacarret areas of east Belfast.

Officers responded to reports of young people gathering in a number of locations across east Belfast on Thursday night and arrested a 15-year-old male.

Chief Inspector David Moore said: "We will continue to monitor reports of antisocial behaviour and respond appropriately, including focusing patrols in certain areas at particular times.

“I would urge parents and guardians to make sure they know where their children are, 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 also like to 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.”

“If anyone in the area is concerned about antisocial behaviour or any sort of criminal activity, please contact us on the non-emergency number 101 and let us know so that we can respond appropriately. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

“It is only with information from the local community that we can build an accurate picture of the issues and concerns in your neighbourhood and put an appropriate response in place.

“If you are aware of antisocial behaviour in your area please contact your neighbourhood policing team on the non-emergency number 101 and let us know so that we can respond and find ways to address problems. By working together, we can make a difference."

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