Belfast Telegraph

Parents warned as teens run riot in drunken Easter rampage

By Adrian Rutherford

Young girls became so drunk they could barely walk during a spate of loutish behaviour over the Easter holidays.

Crowds of rowdy youths also vandalised cars and property and were involved in a series of fights in trouble centred on the Bone Hill area of the Oldpark Road in north Belfast.

At one stage, up to 200 youths were drinking and lighting fires, police said. Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are to write to 30 families about their children's behaviour.

The PSNI said there had been a huge increase in anti-social behaviour over Easter.

"We saw a massive upsurge in crowds of young youths gathering in the Bone Hill on the Oldpark Road which has led to numerous fights and vandalism to the cars and property of local residents," a spokesman said.

"Police have again seen crowds of up to 200 youths drinking and lighting fires around the area, as well as terrorising the elderly and some disabled residents in the Flax Street and the Jamaica and Havana areas, as well as on the Oldpark Road.

"Police again ask parents to take responsibility for the behaviour of their children, and this is especially for the parents of the young girls who are so drunk they can hardly walk.

"Oldpark Neighbourhood Policing Unit, along with Belfast City Council and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, will be sending letters out to more than 30 families within the area warning the parents of the behaviour of their children.

"Sadly, this is the first step on the road for these young children getting a criminal record if their bad behaviour continues.

"No one wants these young people to get any sort of criminal record, so we again ask parents to know where their children are and what they are up to, and to take responsibility for them."

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