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Sunday 22 October 2017

Hundreds of teens descend on Belfast city centre to watch two school girls fight

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David Kearns

More than 200 teenagers poured in Belfast City centre to watch a pre-arranged fight between two school girls.

PSNI officers said they had arrest two teenage girls following what they believed was a pre-arranged fight organised through Facebook.

Up to 200 youths gathered around Castle Street and Millfield in Belfast City centre around 5pm yesterday afternoon apparently having been alerted online.

Posting on its Facebook page, the police said: “Two teenage girls have been arrested after what we believe was a prearranged fight in Belfast City centre.

“Disturbances were reported in and around Castle Street and Millfield earlier this afternoon.

“Officers responded and as many as perhaps 200 young people were found to be present having apparently been alerted by social media.

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous and frankly stupid this business of prearranging fights is.

“Teenagers are risking not only physical harm but also a criminal record."

It is understood that the PSNI stationed several police cars and dozen of officers around where the fight was to take place.

When crowds of young people began to arrive, the police moved into Castle Street and then into the Millfield area of the city to prevent them from gathering in large numbers.

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