Police break up 'organised fight' between youths in Ardoyne
A crowd of youths had to be broken up by police in what is thought to have been an "organised fight" in north Belfast.
Pictures of large gangs of youths gathering in Ardoyne have been posted on social media.
Fair play to @Paul_Mc_Cusker & @ayebelfast for bringing some calm to the area following street fighting in North Belfast - #sectarianism is still alive in 2018 !! #saynotosectarianism pic.twitter.com/XljHt2GfYo— Rob Mcadam (@Rob_belfast) May 24, 2018
Sinn Fein councillor Ryan Murphy told the Belfast Telegraph the incident happened at around 7pm on Thursday evening.
The Old Park councillor had received calls from residents making him aware of large crowds gathering at the top of Ardoyne.
Residents have been ringing to make me aware of large crowds gathering at the top of Ardoyne presumably for an organised fight. I've spoken to the cops and local youth workers and hopefully the situation will be brought under control with the crowds dispersed.— Ryan Murphy (@CllrRyanMurphy) May 24, 2018
"As far as we are aware, there was a crowd of youths that gathered up in and around Ardoyne," he said.
"Some of them came from outside the area and some were from the Glenbryn Park area.
"There was a wee bit of a scuffle between them and then police came along and broke it up and moved them on.
"There was a few youth workers involved in that as well. ”
Cllr Murphy said he was not sure if it had been a prearranged fight but added it was dispersed quickly and that there had been no arrests.
Hearing reports of arranged fights taking place along Ardoyne road beteeen groups of teenagers from both communities.— West Belfast UPRG (@WestBelfastUPRG) May 24, 2018
@PSNIBelfastN @PoliceServiceNI have been informed and are in the area.
Please stop this madness, the Communities who live here don’t want or don’t need this !!
Thanks to @ayebelfast for their quick action on the ground tonight in Ardoyne responding to large groups of youths fighting. Their work is invaluable in helping to prevent and engage with young people at interfaces. #SayNoToFights pic.twitter.com/WB3rc6MWEq— Paul Mc Cusker (@Paul_Mc_Cusker) May 24, 2018
Police said they received a report of a number of youths gathering in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast shortly before 6.30pm on Thursday.
"Police attended and the youths dispersed," a spokesman said.
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