Social media used to organise fights in Magherafelt

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Police in Magherafelt are aware of so called ‘organised fights’ taking place in and around the area and understand these may have been instigated via social media networks.

Const. Shona Holmes said: “Although we do not believe this in widespread, we do think it is important to highlight the issue.

“Police would appeal to parents to speak to their children, make them aware of the risks of being in an area where anti-social behaviour is occurring and ask all parents to make sure that they know where their children are and what they are doing.

“Parents need to advise their children about the dangers of getting caught up in this sort of behaviour. These fights must stop.

“What may start off between one or two people could quickly escalate and the potential for serious injury cannot be underestimated. Younger children in particular could find themselves being drawn into a situation that is potentially very dangerous.

“Police are urging schools, parents and community groups to help me reinforce this message to our young people. Anyone with information regarding this type of behaviour to come forward and tell us what you know. The number to call is 101.”

Parents need to advise their children about the dangers of getting caught up in this sort of behaviour. These fights must stop

Constable Shona Holmes