Po­lice vow to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DAVID REED

PO­LICE have warned they are de­ter­mined to crack down on trou­ble in north Belfast.

It came af­ter of­fi­cers made two ar­rests in the wake of re­cent in­ci­dents of dis­or­der and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in New Lodge area.

A 17-year-old man ar­rested on Wed­nes­day was charged with crim­i­nal dam­age and ap­peared in court the fol­low­ing day.

A 14-year-old male was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing and he is help­ing po­lice with their en­quiries.

Chief In­spec­tor Kelly Moore said: “We have con­sis­tently warned young peo­ple about their be­hav­iour.

“Get­ting in­volved in anti-so­cial and crim­i­nal be­hav­iour at best can re­sult in a crim­i­nal record which can af­fect travel, ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.

“At worst, some­one could be se­ri­ously in­jured or killed.

“Time and time again we have asked par­ents and guardians to en­sure they know where their young peo­ple are, what they are do­ing and who they are with.

“We re­ally need par­ents and guardians to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their young peo­ple.”

Chief Insp Moore re­as­sured the com­mu­nity that po­lice will have ad­di­tional re­sources ded­i­cated to north Belfast to re­spond to any in­ci­dents, adding: “The lo­cal com­mu­nity de­serves bet­ter.”

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