Police ring of steel stops brawl with 100 youths at Totton

Daily Echo: Youth street battle prevented Youth street battle prevented

A RING of steel was set up around a Hampshire town to prevent more than 100 warring youths rampaging through the streets causing “mayhem” – organised through Internet sites and mobile phones.

Around 120 youths, in three separate gangs from Millbrook, descended on Totton, sparking a major police operation to prevent a mass brawl kicking off.

Officers from the force Support Unit, dog units and Safer Neigh-bourhood Teams were drafted in to secure the Totton border and stop the gangs passing through.

The high police presence of around 30 officers sparked concern among residents who went on to social networking sites to try to find out what was going on.

The alarm was first raised on Wednesday at around 4pm, when police monitoring of social networking sites flagged up a potential “fight” between rival youths from Totton and Millbrook.

Working on that intelligence, officers were able to set up a ring of steel and intercepted them as they reached the Redbridge end of the M271 at around 6.45pm.

Knowing police were on their tails, the location of the planned fight kept moving – locations including the Asda superstore and the Elephant and Castle pub – but officers kept on top by constantly monitoring messages.

Most of those in the gangs were successfully turned away without any trouble, but it is believed that a few did manage to sneak through to cause some “minor scuffles” in the centre of Totton.

A few teenagers were stopped within Totton but no arrests were made and no cautions handed out.

A police spokesman said: “This was a show of strength by our officers and effectively they put up a ring of steel. The message to these youths is that police will adopt a zero tolerance approach and will deal with anyone robustly who is trying to breach the peace.”

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1:37pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Linesman says...

Youthful high spirits?
Youthful high spirits? Linesman

1:42pm Fri 5 Oct 12

G0Rf says...

Why dont they just arrange it for Mansel park? then we can all watch
Why dont they just arrange it for Mansel park? then we can all watch G0Rf

1:43pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Nutstrangler says...

"Ring of Steel" ? Just how many tanks, armoured cars, armoured personnel carriers and artillery was there hanging around in Totton to deal with the Chav invasion ?
"Ring of Steel" ? Just how many tanks, armoured cars, armoured personnel carriers and artillery was there hanging around in Totton to deal with the Chav invasion ? Nutstrangler

1:45pm Fri 5 Oct 12

andreww says...

Pathetic
Pathetic andreww

2:30pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Higginz says...

So even though the Masterminds knew that the Police were monitoring them, they continued to use the same communication method to move the fight? Genius! Where do I sign up?
So even though the Masterminds knew that the Police were monitoring them, they continued to use the same communication method to move the fight? Genius! Where do I sign up? Higginz

2:57pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Shoong says...

Linesman wrote:
Youthful high spirits?
120 of them?

What a silly comment.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Youthful high spirits?[/p][/quote]120 of them? What a silly comment. Shoong

3:20pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Linesman says...

Shoong wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Youthful high spirits?
120 of them?

What a silly comment.
I agree, but I expect nothing else from you.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Youthful high spirits?[/p][/quote]120 of them? What a silly comment.[/p][/quote]I agree, but I expect nothing else from you. Linesman

3:22pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.
The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy. Ginger_cyclist

4:11pm Fri 5 Oct 12

solomum says...

The police need to be praised for this and zero tolerance should be applauded. We should be able to go out and about of an evening without worrying about mass fighting going on. I personally do not understand this gang culture, but well done to the police for stopping it before there were serious injuries.
The police need to be praised for this and zero tolerance should be applauded. We should be able to go out and about of an evening without worrying about mass fighting going on. I personally do not understand this gang culture, but well done to the police for stopping it before there were serious injuries. solomum

4:40pm Fri 5 Oct 12

10 Minute Man says...

Release the hounds !
Release the hounds ! 10 Minute Man

4:49pm Fri 5 Oct 12

biggus2 says...

Send for the Chompers and let them loose. (Police Dogs) I'd feel sorry for the dogs they might catch something off of the Millbrook lowlife
Send for the Chompers and let them loose. (Police Dogs) I'd feel sorry for the dogs they might catch something off of the Millbrook lowlife biggus2

5:05pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Subject48 says...

Why not let them in, THEN close the "steel ring of doom"

We could sit back and chill with a pint and burger, throw in some garden tools and watch them beat eachother to death.

Taking this idea further, we could charge for tickets and broadcast rights.

Im sure this would single handidly solve two problems; councils money problems and get rid of some of these so called "people".
Why not let them in, THEN close the "steel ring of doom" We could sit back and chill with a pint and burger, throw in some garden tools and watch them beat eachother to death. Taking this idea further, we could charge for tickets and broadcast rights. Im sure this would single handidly solve two problems; councils money problems and get rid of some of these so called "people". Subject48

5:13pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

solomum wrote:
The police need to be praised for this and zero tolerance should be applauded. We should be able to go out and about of an evening without worrying about mass fighting going on. I personally do not understand this gang culture, but well done to the police for stopping it before there were serious injuries.
The only thing the idiots are fighting over is the first half of their **** postcodes being one or two numbers different, in fact it sometimes happens just because two groups live opposite sides of a road, like Thornhill and Sholing, both are SO19 yet they still fight, it's stupid, mindless violence.
[quote][p][bold]solomum[/bold] wrote: The police need to be praised for this and zero tolerance should be applauded. We should be able to go out and about of an evening without worrying about mass fighting going on. I personally do not understand this gang culture, but well done to the police for stopping it before there were serious injuries.[/p][/quote]The only thing the idiots are fighting over is the first half of their **** postcodes being one or two numbers different, in fact it sometimes happens just because two groups live opposite sides of a road, like Thornhill and Sholing, both are SO19 yet they still fight, it's stupid, mindless violence. Ginger_cyclist

5:33pm Fri 5 Oct 12

miltonarcher says...

Leave the Badgers in peace and cull the yobs instead.
Leave the Badgers in peace and cull the yobs instead. miltonarcher

5:57pm Fri 5 Oct 12

andysaints007 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.
It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it!
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.[/p][/quote]It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it! andysaints007

6:09pm Fri 5 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

It's about time mobile phones and social networking sites were banned.
It's about time mobile phones and social networking sites were banned. cantthinkofone

6:09pm Fri 5 Oct 12

SFC1976 says...

Jeremy Kyle must be rubbing his hands together more toothless idiots to go on his show
Jeremy Kyle must be rubbing his hands together more toothless idiots to go on his show SFC1976

6:24pm Fri 5 Oct 12

IronLady2010 says...

I bet none of these kids have a decent brain between them. Can't they go visit family instead of organising a gang fight. Pathetic and pointless, silly children!
I bet none of these kids have a decent brain between them. Can't they go visit family instead of organising a gang fight. Pathetic and pointless, silly children! IronLady2010

6:30pm Fri 5 Oct 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

Three pronged attack from the Millbrook firm did,nt come off ,they need a parachute battalion .
Three pronged attack from the Millbrook firm did,nt come off ,they need a parachute battalion . arthur dalyrimple

7:15pm Fri 5 Oct 12

gillyman says...

all the idiots on here thinking how wonderful the police are i think it just the so called lowlifes winding the police up otherwise we would be seeing pictures of the millbrook militia on the march quite hard to be discreet if there are 120 of you by the way who counted them
all the idiots on here thinking how wonderful the police are i think it just the so called lowlifes winding the police up otherwise we would be seeing pictures of the millbrook militia on the march quite hard to be discreet if there are 120 of you by the way who counted them gillyman

7:42pm Fri 5 Oct 12

chunky_lover says...

Would have better to let them all kill each other? Scum costs YOU money!
Would have better to let them all kill each other? Scum costs YOU money! chunky_lover

9:19pm Fri 5 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

chunky_lover wrote:
Would have better to let them all kill each other? Scum costs YOU money!
Better yet - we could televise it! And use the profits to pay off the bankers' deficit!
[quote][p][bold]chunky_lover[/bold] wrote: Would have better to let them all kill each other? Scum costs YOU money![/p][/quote]Better yet - we could televise it! And use the profits to pay off the bankers' deficit! cantthinkofone

9:35pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Totton Ric says...

Lol,Think the true numbers were 50-60 Echo,Hype it up !
Lol,Think the true numbers were 50-60 Echo,Hype it up ! Totton Ric

9:45pm Fri 5 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Totton Ric wrote:
Lol,Think the true numbers were 50-60 Echo,Hype it up !
What about the ninjas? You wouldn't have seen the ninjas.

No one sees the ninjas.
[quote][p][bold]Totton Ric[/bold] wrote: Lol,Think the true numbers were 50-60 Echo,Hype it up ![/p][/quote]What about the ninjas? You wouldn't have seen the ninjas. No one sees the ninjas. cantthinkofone

10:23pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Shoong says...

Linesman wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Linesman wrote:
Youthful high spirits?
120 of them?

What a silly comment.
I agree, but I expect nothing else from you.
Oh I've seen what you've done there, the good form continues then.

I'm sure you wouldn't mind this going on outside your place of abode then, looking out the window, clapping on the 'youthful high spirits' as they tear the place up? Deary me.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: Youthful high spirits?[/p][/quote]120 of them? What a silly comment.[/p][/quote]I agree, but I expect nothing else from you.[/p][/quote]Oh I've seen what you've done there, the good form continues then. I'm sure you wouldn't mind this going on outside your place of abode then, looking out the window, clapping on the 'youthful high spirits' as they tear the place up? Deary me. Shoong

11:16pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.
It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it!
Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.[/p][/quote]It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it![/p][/quote]Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him. Ginger_cyclist

12:04am Sat 6 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.
It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it!
Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him.
Lying for twenty-odd years about Hillsborough, lying about the death of a newspaper vendor and their involvement in it, Mark Duggan's magic disappearing/reappea
ring gun, Blair Peach being bludgeoned to death with a police radio, Enfield police waterboarding 'suspects', the list goes on and on.

Our boys in blue. Heroes, one and all.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.[/p][/quote]It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it![/p][/quote]Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him.[/p][/quote]Lying for twenty-odd years about Hillsborough, lying about the death of a newspaper vendor and their involvement in it, Mark Duggan's magic disappearing/reappea ring gun, Blair Peach being bludgeoned to death with a police radio, Enfield police waterboarding 'suspects', the list goes on and on. Our boys in blue. Heroes, one and all. cantthinkofone

8:19am Sat 6 Oct 12

phil maccavity says...

Whilst not condoning the behaviour of these young people one iota, it does show that as a society we have not changed much with 'progress'.
I remember reading an article about the building of the bridge over the Itchen linking the city with Bitterne Park in the early part of the 20th century.
Apparently there were regular dust ups between the young lads representing either side of the river. And as youngsters you never quarelled with lads from the Northam area.
The police used to dispense a good degree of summary justice in those days. Good on the police for reacting the right way this time.
Whilst not condoning the behaviour of these young people one iota, it does show that as a society we have not changed much with 'progress'. I remember reading an article about the building of the bridge over the Itchen linking the city with Bitterne Park in the early part of the 20th century. Apparently there were regular dust ups between the young lads representing either side of the river. And as youngsters you never quarelled with lads from the Northam area. The police used to dispense a good degree of summary justice in those days. Good on the police for reacting the right way this time. phil maccavity

9:22am Sat 6 Oct 12

Terry_Nutkins says...

George Orwell would be proud!
George Orwell would be proud! Terry_Nutkins

4:07pm Sat 6 Oct 12

dadofmy3sons says...

The police are in a no-win situation at all times
Anyone helping the police is called a grass.
Anyone with holding evidence is acting in defence of their civil liberites.
A bunch of kids want to have a scrap and organise it on facebook etc. and I wouldn't mind betting that at least one dopy parent has said that their child? was only there by accident and it was none of their fault.
Awful lot of hypocrites who moan for any reason but mostly to see their name in print.
The police are in a no-win situation at all times Anyone helping the police is called a grass. Anyone with holding evidence is acting in defence of their civil liberites. A bunch of kids want to have a scrap and organise it on facebook etc. and I wouldn't mind betting that at least one dopy parent has said that their child? was only there by accident and it was none of their fault. Awful lot of hypocrites who moan for any reason but mostly to see their name in print. dadofmy3sons

12:21pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.
It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it!
Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him.
Lying for twenty-odd years about Hillsborough, lying about the death of a newspaper vendor and their involvement in it, Mark Duggan's magic disappearing/reappea

ring gun, Blair Peach being bludgeoned to death with a police radio, Enfield police waterboarding 'suspects', the list goes on and on.

Our boys in blue. Heroes, one and all.
Exactly, then there's the ones who arrest people for the hell of it, arrest people on trumped up terrorism charges just because they're taking pictures with a proper camera in a public place which is legal, approaching people and stopping them in public for filming in a public place, which is again legal, I got stopped several times for riding my electrically assisted bike, though it was legal it probably didn't help that it looked like a moped but one copper effectively ran me off the road with his car, while I was just riding up and down the road I live on and then got out of his car with a hand on his handcuffs and wouldn't let me go until my dad came out, had a go at him and told him to even check with his boss.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: The police actually did something large scale right for once? Wow, that actually is news worthy.[/p][/quote]It makes a nice change for someone like you to not just remember when things don't quite go according to plan! The police get it right most times but of course that's not normally newsworthy is it![/p][/quote]Doesn't help when I've had bad experiences when dealing with the police, then again, it also doesn't help when 9 out of ten times, the police are on the news for all the wrong reasons, like shooting an innocent man in the back and head, in the London underground, when the guy had stopped, got on the ground with his hands flat on the ground in front of him.[/p][/quote]Lying for twenty-odd years about Hillsborough, lying about the death of a newspaper vendor and their involvement in it, Mark Duggan's magic disappearing/reappea ring gun, Blair Peach being bludgeoned to death with a police radio, Enfield police waterboarding 'suspects', the list goes on and on. Our boys in blue. Heroes, one and all.[/p][/quote]Exactly, then there's the ones who arrest people for the hell of it, arrest people on trumped up terrorism charges just because they're taking pictures with a proper camera in a public place which is legal, approaching people and stopping them in public for filming in a public place, which is again legal, I got stopped several times for riding my electrically assisted bike, though it was legal it probably didn't help that it looked like a moped but one copper effectively ran me off the road with his car, while I was just riding up and down the road I live on and then got out of his car with a hand on his handcuffs and wouldn't let me go until my dad came out, had a go at him and told him to even check with his boss. Ginger_cyclist

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