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Teenage girls arrested as crowd of hundreds attend fight arranged on social media

The fight is said to have been organised on social media. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

Two teenage girls have been arrested after a crowd of 200 young people were drawn to a street fight pre-arranged on social media.

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the fight took place in Belfast city centre at around 5pm on Sunday afternoon, at which the two 14-year-old girls were arrested for disorderly behaviour and reported to the Youth Diversion Officer.

A 37-year-old man was also arrested for weapon possession, police said.

Local Policing Chief Inspector Robert Murdie said: "We know that these fights are being organised through social media and we would urge young people not to get involved in this this type of behaviour."

We cannot have groups of youths fighting in the streets. Someone will get seriously hurt so we need the support of the community to put a stop to this now.

Pre-arranged fights may start off between one or two people but 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.

– Robert Murdie, PSNI local policing chief inspector