Cop injured as teen gangs brawl with bats and knives

Cop injured as teen gangs brawl with bats and knives

A police officer has been injured while trying to break up a fight involving up to 30 teens brandishing sticks and knives in Skegoneill, north Belfast.

A 17-year-old boy also received a head injury.

The PSNI have confirmed that they have stepped up patrols in the area following the fight.

Chief Inspect Davy Moore said: “The fact is that carrying a weapon can have disastrous results not only for the victim but for the offender who will have to deal with the burden of a criminal conviction throughout the rest of their lives.

“Those who might consider carrying such a weapon should be aware that local police will carry out searches and that you stand a strong chance of getting caught.

“Young people should stop and think of the consequences of their actions both in terms of causing serious injury to others or themselves, and in committing a criminal offence which puts their future prospects in jeopardy when they be brought before the courts and convicted of a serious criminal offence."

 “Parents need to take responsibility regarding the whereabouts of their children and in supervising access to social networking sites," he added.

“There are fears that should this behaviour continue that a young person may lose their life. This would have a devastating impact on communities.”

“Police will be carrying out increased patrolling in the area.”