Police investigating recent reports of anti-social behaviour across North Belfast, have made two arrests.

North Belfast Area Commander Chief Inspector Allister Hagan said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to tackle anti-social behaviour across North Belfast and address community concerns, officers arrested two 13 year old males for a number of offences on Friday 27th October. The arrests are part of a recent proactive policing operation to tackle anti-social behaviour with involvement of various partner agencies.

“The arrests follow reports of interface disorder at the Girdwood area, as well as the targeting of local businesses and threatening of residents. Both males are in police custody at this time.

“I would take this opportunity to reassure the community of North Belfast, that officers will continue to provide a visible policing presence and will tackle issues impacting residents. We welcome any opportunity to engage with anyone with concerns around anti-social behaviour or other issues. Our commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour in North Belfast remains ongoing and officers will continue to make North Belfast a safe place to live and work by working together with key stakeholders and partner agencies.

“We all have a responsibility to help make where we live safer for everyone. Reporting crimes or incidents that impact on your quality of life helps focus our patrols where they are needed and take positive action. Police patrols will be out and about to deter anti-social behaviour across this Halloween period, as well as engage with and support local communities. If you have any concerns about antisocial behaviour in your community, you can contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport . Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk .”