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Police called to anti-drugs protest outside house

Police attended the scene on Springfield Avenue after a crowd gathered outside a house in an anti-drugs protest

Police were called to a west Belfast street after a crowd gathered in an anti-drugs protest.

It happened on Springfield Avenue at about 8pm on Tuesday.

Video footage circulated online showed that a small group of people, including women and children, had congregated holding cardboard signs with messages including, ‘Junkies not welcome’.

Another cardboard sign held by a demonstrator read: ‘Junkies out. Your drugs aren’t welcome.’

A PSNI Land Rover is visible in the background of the footage.

Inspector Andrew McConville confirmed that police attended the scene where a “crowd had gathered”.

“The crowd subsequently dispersed, peacefully,” he said in a statement.

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