Bottles thrown during street clashes

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GANGS of anti-social yobs were involved in running battles in the centre of Glengormley on Monday night (January 30).

It is understood that up to 40 youths were involved in the trouble, which flared in the Church Road area at around 9.30pm.

According to one local resident, the young people took glass bottles and jars from recycling bins outside people’s houses and used them as missiles.

A firefighter at Glengormley Fire Station told the Times that parents collecting their children from a Fire Cadets meeting couldn’t even get out of the station because of the “madness” going on in the street outside.

According to a local community worker, at least one teenager was injured during the clashes.

The police, who have been criticised for their apparent slow response to the violence, said that the area was quiet when officers arrived.

“Police would again urge the young people involved in disorder and other anti-social activity to reconsider their actions before they find themselves subject to arrest or criminal prosecution,” a PSNI spokesperson commented

Monday night’s trouble is the latest in a lengthy series of incidents involving crowds of warring youths in and around Glengormley town centre.