Tayside and Central Scotland

Gangs use Facebook to arrange golf course fight

Two rival gangs of youths used social networking services to arrange to meet up for a fight at a golf course, it has emerged.

Police said many of the youngsters turned up with weapons at the Braehead course, near Alloa in Clackmannanshire.

Facebook and Blackberry Messenger were used to organise the clash between rival Tullibody and Alloa groups.

Officers intervened after passers-by alerted them to the gathering at about 17:00 on Wednesday.

Fight 'intention'

A 15-year-old boy was charged after the incident for carrying an offensive weapon and for breach of the peace.

Community Officer Cathy Sharkey said: "Several calls were received from concerned members of the public reporting that a large number of youths had congregated on Braehead Golf Course.

"Several were in possession of weapons and it was clearly their intention to fight.

"Police quickly attended and the group dispersed. Inquiries are ongoing to trace those involved and any crimes will be reported accordingly."

All the youths involved are through to be aged between 14 and 16 years.

Blackberry Messenger is a free service that allows people to send text messages to large groups of people.

It was widely used by many of the rioters and looters during the recent riots in London and other English cities.

PC Sharkey said the fight could have resulted in serious injuries and appealed to parents to monitor their children's use of social networking sites.

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