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Parents urged to know where their children are after knife and alcohol seized from cemetery

A knife and alcohol have been sized by police in west Belfast

PARENTS have been urged to know where their children are after a large knife was recovered in west Belfast.

The knife is believed to have been found in bushes in the City Cemetery area earlier this week.

Police say they were contacted by a concerned member of the public who saw it being hidden.

A picture posted on a PSNI Facebook page showed the knife and a large amount of alcohol seized by officers on Monday.

They say that youths had gained entry to the City Cemetery and Falls Park and that there were reports of anti-social activity.

They say young people also attempted to gain entry to the cemetery and park in groups.

In a message posted on Facebook last night police asked: "Parents where are your children?"

The also said officers, Belfast City Council local youth workers were in the cemetery in a bid to limit anti-social behaviour.

Sinn Féin councillor Steven Corr said that work has been carried out to tackle issues involving young people in the area.

He said that hundreds of thousands of pounds have been invested in the park in recent times.

He said that attempts have been made to "try and advise young people to make the right choices but someone has made a bad choice by bringing a knife".

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