Police issue warning after local ‘organised fights’ appear on social media

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Local police are urging parents, community representatives and youth providers to warn young people about the consequences of becoming involved in organised fights. The warning comes after footage appeared on a social media site of young people fighting in Warrenpoint.

It is believed the fights took place in Clonallon Park in Warrenpoint

Speaking to Newry Times, Sergeant Stephen Davies said, “We received a report from a concerned parent who came across footage of two separate fights on a social media site. Police said the two fights appear to have taken place in Clonallon Park, Warrenpoint. “It appears that youths are being advised by their peers to turn up at a certain location at a specified time when they are then goaded into a fight,” Sergeant Davies continued. “The footage of the fight is then being uploaded to social media. If this is the case then it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured and another young person or people find themselves facing charges of assault, grievous bodily harm or worse,” he warned. “I am asking the whole community to be vigilant. If you see youths involved in a fight please phone us straight away. If you are a parent or involved with young people in anyway please speak to them. Tell them that this is an extraordinarily dangerous practice. “Explain that if they fight or hurt another person they could find themselves charged with an offence and this will have long lasting consequences in relation to their education, career and travel prospects. Please know where your children are and what they are doing. He added, “If anyone has information which will help us get to the bottom of this, please contact us in Warrenpoint on 101.”

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