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Appeal to parents, after weekend disturbances at Finaghy Crossroads

18 January, 2010

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has appealed to parents to be aware of the whereabouts of their children, in the wake of a second weekend of anti social incidents in the Finaghy Crossroads area.

Speaking today Mr Parker said;

“The crowds that gathered on both sides of Finaghy Crossroads were aged between 12 and 16. Friday night’s disturbance was an escalation of the previous weekends trouble.”

“The situation was calmed by the early intervention and good work of the Finaghy Crossroads group, who have put in place early warning systems to help deal with anti social behaviour in the area.”

“I was on the ground for several hours on Friday night at the crossroads, engaging with the youths directly and encouraging them to disperse and worked with the PSNI to bring calm to the situation. Local residents have expressed their concern to me regarding the upcoming weekends.”

“As Vice chair of South Belfast DPP, I have been in contact with the PSNI district inspector, to press them on how they plan to coordinate resources this weekend to avoid a repeat of these incidents. I will be raising the incidents at a private meeting of the DPP with Senior PSNI management in Belfast City Hall on Tuesday night.

“I would also like to make a direct appeal to parents to be aware of the location of their children over the weekend. I will be working closely with Finaghy Crossroads group and the PSNI to help contain any potential incidents”. CRÍOCH

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