Concern at social media fights claims

Colr. Brian Tierney. (DER0314PG016)

Colr. Brian Tierney. (DER0314PG016)

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With reports of fights being organised by young people on social media in the Galliagh area, SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney has urged parents to ensure their children are not getting involved in such activities.

The Shantallow area councillor made the appeal following reports that large numbers of young people had gathered for fights recently.

Councillor Brian Tierney said: “It is deeply concerning that young people are gathering in large numbers in the Galliagh area to engage serious anti social behaviour. I have spoken to the PSNI following reports of such disturbances in the Glencaw and Elaghmore area and they are assessing the situation.

“It is shocking to hear that young people are organising fights over social media. I would urge parents to know where their children are as such incidents could lead to someone being seriously injured or worse.”

The PSNI in Derry confirmed they were working with residents and community workers to reduce incidents of what they have described as “destructive and anti-social behaviour”.

Sergeant Phil Martin, of the City North Neighbourhood Policing Team, was speaking after calls for police to tackle the problem before a tragedy occurred.

The calls came after it was revealed police received reports a group of youths were fighting in the area of St Joseph’s Church.