Belfast Telegraph

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.


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.

"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.

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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