Neighbourhood Inspector for the Glengormley area, Martin Ruddy.
Neighbourhood Inspector for the Glengormley area, Martin Ruddy.

THE police have issued a strong message to Glengormley parents: ‘Lock up your sons and daughters or we will’.

The message comes after a 100 strong crowd of youths staged a mass brawl in Glengormley on Friday night (July 29).

Witnesses said an “all-out fist fight” erupted in the Carnmoney Road area after 10pm when large numbers of sectarian yobs clashed.

The Times has been told that crowds of youths gathered in Glengormley Park and tensions were high before the fighting erupted. It is thought no-one was seriously injured in the incident.

Following the trouble two teenage boys were arrested by police. A 13-year-old was charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting arrest and obstructing police and is to appear in Belfast Youth Court on Friday, August 26.

A 17-year-old was also arrested, for disorderly behaviour, and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

The two facing criminal charges are the latest in a string of arrests made by police in connection with trouble in Glengormley over the past number of months.

Neighbourhood Inspector for Glengormley, Martin Ruddy called on young people and their parents to do everything they can to avoid this type of disturbance from happening again.

He said: “This type of behaviour only damages communities and puts young people at serious risk of harm. Anyone engaging in this type of reckless activity also runs the real risk of being caught and ending up with a criminal record which will impact on the rest of their lives.”

He went on: “I would also ask parents - do you know where your son or daughter is when they leave the house at the weekend and what they are getting up to? If you don’t, you need to find out.

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