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(Belfast Telegraph) Shipping container claims probed as groups of African children found in Belfast

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 25 October 2019

Shipping container claims probed as groups of African children found in Belfast

The young people from Eritrea have been discovered in different locations across the city since August 2.

Police are working to establish whether the claims can be substantiated (Niall Carson/PA)
Police are working to establish whether the claims can be substantiated (Niall Carson/PA)

By David YoungPA

October 24 2019 6:17 PM

The young people from Eritrea have been discovered in different locations across the city since August 2.

Among the incidents, it is understood that six were discovered in the harbour area of the city in the second week of October while three others presented themselves to the authorities the following week.

According to both police and health sources, some of those latter three children claimed they had arrived in the city in a shipping container containing “up to 50 people”.

"We are liaising with the relevant health trust to understand the circumstances around a number of unaccompanied children who have been taken into the care of social servicesPSNI spokeswoman

While police are working to establish whether those claims can be substantiated, it is understood officers have yet to find “hard evidence” to verify the accounts.

The young people are being cared for by health authorities in the city.

Some are in the care of children’s homes.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokeswoman said: “We are liaising with the relevant health trust to understand the circumstances around a number of unaccompanied children who have been taken into the care of social services.

“Our first priority is the safety and wellbeing of the children involved.”

PA

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