Youths travelling from Ardglass for online arranged gatherings to wage anti social behaviour in south Belfast
The PSNI has issued a warning to young people engaging in anti social behaviour in the Annadale Embankment and Lagan towpath areas of south Belfast.
A senior officer has revealed that young people are coming to Belfast from as far away as Ardglass, Co Down to take part in anti social behaviour.
Inspector Darren Hardy said over recent weekends police officers have responded to a number of reports of anti-social behaviour on or near the Lagan towpath and Annadale embankment areas of South Belfast and have spoken to young people in both areas.
He has urged parents to keep tabs on what their kids are up to.
"Once again we are asking parents and guardians to make sure they know where their young people 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 offences," he said.
Inspector Hardy said many of these gatherings of young people may be getting arranged online.
"We are also aware of discussions on various social media sites, with young people from as far away as Ardglass indicating their intention to visit the areas, some intending to party," he said.
"Young people have every right to enjoy each other’s company, but I would just like to remind them that what might initially seem like fooling about can sometimes get out of hand and end up in a criminal record which can affect travel, education and employment opportunities in the future. It is really important that young people understand this.
“What we’re saying is, by all means visit Belfast and enjoy the many activities on offer, just don’t plan on spending time upsetting local residents or people using the towpath or embankment, or you might just end up spending some time with police.
“We will have dedicated policing resources in the areas at particular times over the weekend, with local police supported by our specialist TSG colleagues and video vehicles on hand to monitor reports of antisocial behaviour and respond appropriately."
Inspector Hardy added, “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.”