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Increased Police Patrols in West Belfast Following Criminal Damage and Anti-Social Behaviour

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The police in west Belfast have announced an increase in patrols in response to recent reports of criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in the area. This measure comes with a stern warning from law enforcement: those involved in such activities face the real possibility of prosecution and a criminal record.

Chief Inspector Conway provided details on the incidents that prompted this response. On Friday, May 31st, there were two separate reports concerning the city’s Glider buses on Stewartstown Road. The first incident occurred shortly before 4 pm, when youths were seen on the roof of a Glider. Fortunately, no damage was reported, and there were no injuries. Despite the lack of immediate harm, Chief Inspector Conway emphasized the extreme danger and recklessness of such actions, which could easily result in serious injury.

Later that evening, around 7 pm, a second report was received indicating that a stone or rock had been thrown at a Glider, breaking a window and striking a young child on the leg. Although the child did not require medical attention, the incident is under investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Chief Inspector Conway highlighted the gravity of these behaviours, noting that even a small stone can shatter a windscreen, obstruct the driver’s view, and potentially cause a collision leading to serious injury or death. He assured the public that officers, including those from the Safe Transport Team, would be increasing their presence over the weekend to prevent further incidents.

In addition to the increased patrols, the police are urging parents and guardians to speak with their children about the dangers and legal consequences of engaging in such activities. Chief Inspector Conway stressed the importance of parental awareness to prevent young people from actions that could result in injury or a criminal record.

The police are continuing their inquiries into both reports and are appealing to the public for information. Anyone with details or mobile footage of the incidents is asked to contact the police on 101, quoting references 1157 and 1534 31/05/24. Reports can also be submitted online via the non-emergency reporting form at www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

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