YOUNG people in south and east Belfast are being warned that engaging in anti-social behaviour could lead to prosecutions and also damage their future opportunities.
On the evening of Saturday 10 May and Sunday 11 May 2014, rival factions of youths gathered in Ormeau Park.
On Sunday 11 May, three young people aged 12, 14 and 16 were arrested in Ormeau Park in connection with these altercations. It is believed that social media networks were used to arrange the meetings.
Similar, incidents occurred in East Belfast in April 2014. In East Belfast, since 15 April 2014, there have been 21 arrests, which are directly linked to interface issues, ranging from criminal damage, to anti-social behaviour and riot.
Chief Inspector, Robert Murdie, PSNI Area Commander for South Belfast says:
“I would appeal to parents to make sure that you speak to your child, make them aware of the risks of being in an area where anti-social behaviour is occurring and I would ask all parents to make sure that you know where your child is and what they are doing.
“Police are working with Belfast City Council and there will be an increased presence of police and park wardens in the area.
“Police are also working with local community groups to highlight the impact that a criminal record can have on an individual.
“A criminal record can effect career and travel options.”