Police called as gangs go on snowball rampage

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GANGS of youths went on snowball rampages, across Southampton.

Residents were inundating police and non-emergency phone lines with reports of mass groups targeting the windows of their homes.

In some incidents up to 30 youngsters were said to have been involved, also hurling snowballs at moving cars.

A bus driver was forced to call the non-emergency 101 number after his double-decker became stuck along with two cars in the icy conditions in the Coxford area of the city.

With passengers on board, the 17A First service became surrounded by up to 30 people who were throwing snowballs at the windows.

In Wakefield Road and nearby Cornwall Road in Bitterne residents were reporting between 20 and 30 children causing a nuisance by going into the road and stopping traffic, also throwing snoballs at people’s windows.

Meanwhile, in River View Road, about 20 youths were having snowball fights and hitting the front windows of houses.

Outside Sainsbury’s in the Lordshill District Centre, shoppers and staff reported about 20 teenagers aged between 15 and 18 launching snowballs at each other, while some of the group wearing hoodies and tracksuit bottoms targeted a bus stop outside.

Meanwhile in Old Redbridge Road and nearby Brunel Road, about six children aged between 12 and 15 were targeting local houses and cars. Police officers on patrol in Townhill Park also came under a snowball attack as they travelled through Meggeson Avenue.

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1:57pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Boris Remmington says...

So where were Sainsbury's very own police force?
So where were Sainsbury's very own police force? Boris Remmington
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2:17pm Tue 3 Feb 09

itsmehere says...

Police officers on patrol in Townhill Park also came under a snowball attack as they travelled through Meggeson Avenue.


LOL!!
Police officers on patrol in Townhill Park also came under a snowball attack as they travelled through Meggeson Avenue. LOL!! itsmehere
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2:54pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Boris Remmington says...

ECHO INCITEMENT EARLIER TODAY

UP to 400 people are expected to flock to Southampton Common this lunchtime for a mass snowball fight.

The event has been arranged on a social networking site for around 1pm near the Cowherds pub on The Avenue.

Are you going down to the snowball fight? Send us your pictures!

ECHO INCITEMENT EARLIER TODAY UP to 400 people are expected to flock to Southampton Common this lunchtime for a mass snowball fight. The event has been arranged on a social networking site for around 1pm near the Cowherds pub on The Avenue. Are you going down to the snowball fight? Send us your pictures! Boris Remmington
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3:06pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Miles Sway says...

So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No.
Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al....
So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al.... Miles Sway
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3:16pm Tue 3 Feb 09

helhod says...

Not just kids morons too throwing snowballs with stones i them at buses windscreens .in forest hills drive some teens ran out in front of the number 3 this morning with a spade full of snow and chucking it at the windows .IDIOTS
gangs of youths in Northem when opening the doors for passengers thowing snow at the driver and who ever is getting on the bus
Not just kids morons too throwing snowballs with stones i them at buses windscreens .in forest hills drive some teens ran out in front of the number 3 this morning with a spade full of snow and chucking it at the windows .IDIOTS gangs of youths in Northem when opening the doors for passengers thowing snow at the driver and who ever is getting on the bus helhod
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3:22pm Tue 3 Feb 09

10 Minute Man says...

When I were a lad....

Well anyway, when I was their age, we'd start snowball fights with others who looked like they would be up for a bit of a laugh. Not just random stupidity with people obviously not interested and going about their business, which is just loutish behaviour.

Still I expect one of them will end up with a well deserved kicking. Ho, ho what fun.
When I were a lad.... Well anyway, when I was their age, we'd start snowball fights with others who looked like they would be up for a bit of a laugh. Not just random stupidity with people obviously not interested and going about their business, which is just loutish behaviour. Still I expect one of them will end up with a well deserved kicking. Ho, ho what fun. 10 Minute Man
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3:24pm Tue 3 Feb 09

BillyTheKid says...

Perhaps BECAUSE of the association the media constantly attach to teens regarding drugs, knives, and assault, ordinary folk might get a little worried when surrounded by 30 of them. It is the media that has tarnished the reputation of the teenage community by giving such vast coverage to the actions of a tiny minority. Which headline do they prefer :

"Teenagers rampage through school after second stabbing in two weeks"

or

"Tens of thousands of teenagers behaved well this week."
Perhaps BECAUSE of the association the media constantly attach to teens regarding drugs, knives, and assault, ordinary folk might get a little worried when surrounded by 30 of them. It is the media that has tarnished the reputation of the teenage community by giving such vast coverage to the actions of a tiny minority. Which headline do they prefer : "Teenagers rampage through school after second stabbing in two weeks" or "Tens of thousands of teenagers behaved well this week." BillyTheKid
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3:41pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Miles Sway says...

helhod wrote:
Not just kids morons too throwing snowballs with stones i them at buses windscreens .in forest hills drive some teens ran out in front of the number 3 this morning with a spade full of snow and chucking it at the windows .IDIOTS
gangs of youths in Northem when opening the doors for passengers thowing snow at the driver and who ever is getting on the bus
If they had stones etc in them then I agree, totally moronic.
As 10 min man says I too remember as a kid throwing snowballs at anything/anyone that looked a good target, stupid and irresponsible I'm sure, but we never set out to hurt anyone and if these kids were doing the same it'd be hard to criticise, but I guess it's a sign of the times if these idiots have upped the violence level. What a shame
[quote][p][bold]helhod[/bold] wrote: Not just kids morons too throwing snowballs with stones i them at buses windscreens .in forest hills drive some teens ran out in front of the number 3 this morning with a spade full of snow and chucking it at the windows .IDIOTS gangs of youths in Northem when opening the doors for passengers thowing snow at the driver and who ever is getting on the bus [/p][/quote]If they had stones etc in them then I agree, totally moronic. As 10 min man says I too remember as a kid throwing snowballs at anything/anyone that looked a good target, stupid and irresponsible I'm sure, but we never set out to hurt anyone and if these kids were doing the same it'd be hard to criticise, but I guess it's a sign of the times if these idiots have upped the violence level. What a shame Miles Sway
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4:06pm Tue 3 Feb 09

D'Arcy Sarto says...

Maybe 'Just William' should have been sent to borstal.
Dear, dear...those kids eh...this week snowballs, next week they'll be scrumping! Where's it going to end? Knock and Scarper?
Maybe 'Just William' should have been sent to borstal. Dear, dear...those kids eh...this week snowballs, next week they'll be scrumping! Where's it going to end? Knock and Scarper? D'Arcy Sarto
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4:10pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Reality-man says...

Oh no...Children playing in the snow....How very dare you!
Oh no...Children playing in the snow....How very dare you! Reality-man
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4:18pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Baybrit says...

Well make up your minds. 3 stories down from this one is 'Massive snowball fight planned for Southampton Common' and you make that sound like a wonderful community event. But this story makes it sound like a few kids throwing snowballs is akin to a gang riot in South Central L.A.
Well make up your minds. 3 stories down from this one is 'Massive snowball fight planned for Southampton Common' and you make that sound like a wonderful community event. But this story makes it sound like a few kids throwing snowballs is akin to a gang riot in South Central L.A. Baybrit
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4:20pm Tue 3 Feb 09

fatboy says...

Kids throwing snowballs, who thought that up? Got to be the blame of a PS1,2 or 3 game.

Grand theft snowballs or something like that, it'll be apple scrumping next-why can't they just go and attack people while wearing their hoodies! Sometimes we all have to remember that maybe we threw the odd snowball in the past etc etc
Kids throwing snowballs, who thought that up? Got to be the blame of a PS1,2 or 3 game. Grand theft snowballs or something like that, it'll be apple scrumping next-why can't they just go and attack people while wearing their hoodies! Sometimes we all have to remember that maybe we threw the odd snowball in the past etc etc fatboy
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4:23pm Tue 3 Feb 09

King Mush says...

How come all these sprogs are playing outside?

Isnt there a Wii Snowball Chucking game? They play tennis, skateboarding and much more in front of their 50" plasma TVs so why bother to leave home and annoy the rest of us?
How come all these sprogs are playing outside? Isnt there a Wii Snowball Chucking game? They play tennis, skateboarding and much more in front of their 50" plasma TVs so why bother to leave home and annoy the rest of us? King Mush
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5:49pm Tue 3 Feb 09

downfader says...

Miles Sway wrote:
So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al....
I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning.

I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches.

One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over.
[quote][p][bold]Miles Sway[/bold] wrote: So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al.... [/p][/quote]I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning. I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches. One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over. downfader
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6:14pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Miles Sway says...

downfader wrote:
Miles Sway wrote:
So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al....
I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning.

I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches.

One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over.
Agreed, I did clarify later as apparently they had stones in the snowballs!
Can't even have a bit of snowball fun without deliberately hurting someone else or their property, , little 8astards!


[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Sway[/bold] wrote: So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al.... [/p][/quote]I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning. I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches. One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over.[/p][/quote]Agreed, I did clarify later as apparently they had stones in the snowballs! Can't even have a bit of snowball fun without deliberately hurting someone else or their property, , little 8astards! Miles Sway
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6:30pm Tue 3 Feb 09

timjim says...

Miles Sway wrote:
downfader wrote:
Miles Sway wrote: So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al....
I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning. I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches. One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over.
Agreed, I did clarify later as apparently they had stones in the snowballs! Can't even have a bit of snowball fun without deliberately hurting someone else or their property, , little 8astards!
I have just had them attempt to open the doors on my car! I was doing 20 mph at the time!
Wakefield Road + Meggeson Avenue. Can I legally go there and aim my vehicle at them as technically if I am being bombarded by snowballs it would be self defence.
Very tempting. little w@nkers
[quote][p][bold]Miles Sway[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Miles Sway[/bold] wrote: So basically kids getting an rare opportunity to throw snowballs then? anyone hurt? any real damage done? No. Still, thank heavens the snow will be gone in a few days and they can get back to drugs, stabbing each other, muggings et al.... [/p][/quote]I think its great that kids got outside and played with snow.. but having said that I did see some kids throwing snowballs at moving cars this morning. I suppose if you're the driver you wouldnt want your visability suddenly cut away from you or small stones and grit in the snowball to leave a load of scratches. One guy on the cycle forums mentioned he was knocked from his bike by a snowball in the face iirc. I think he's from the north so its happened all over.[/p][/quote]Agreed, I did clarify later as apparently they had stones in the snowballs! Can't even have a bit of snowball fun without deliberately hurting someone else or their property, , little 8astards! [/p][/quote]I have just had them attempt to open the doors on my car! I was doing 20 mph at the time! Wakefield Road + Meggeson Avenue. Can I legally go there and aim my vehicle at them as technically if I am being bombarded by snowballs it would be self defence. Very tempting. little w@nkers timjim
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7:14pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Georgem says...

Can I legally go there and aim my vehicle at them as technically if I am being bombarded by snowballs it would be self defence.


Alternatively, consider how difficult it would be to prove in court that you didn't simply lose control on the extremely slippery road, due to your vision suddenly becoming blocked by snowballs, and were therefore not at fault
[quote]Can I legally go there and aim my vehicle at them as technically if I am being bombarded by snowballs it would be self defence.[/quote] Alternatively, consider how difficult it would be to prove in court that you didn't simply lose control on the extremely slippery road, due to your vision suddenly becoming blocked by snowballs, and were therefore not at fault Georgem
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7:17pm Tue 3 Feb 09

sfc4lyf says...

Get a life!
They are just kids having fun! It doesnt snow very often so let them enjoy it!
Get a life! They are just kids having fun! It doesnt snow very often so let them enjoy it! sfc4lyf
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7:39pm Tue 3 Feb 09

wonderfulme says...

My kids had fun throwing snowballs at each other not at passing traffic.
My kids had fun throwing snowballs at each other not at passing traffic. wonderfulme
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7:48pm Tue 3 Feb 09

ex so'ton says...

They should have been at school making gigantic long slides across the playground, oh I suppose that has been banned as well. Down with 'elf an safety brigade. Comes with not having an ice rink I reckon!
They should have been at school making gigantic long slides across the playground, oh I suppose that has been banned as well. Down with 'elf an safety brigade. Comes with not having an ice rink I reckon! ex so'ton
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8:37pm Tue 3 Feb 09

Northamboy says...

Children throwing snowballs?

Whatever next!
Children throwing snowballs? Whatever next! Northamboy
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9:10am Wed 4 Feb 09

timjim says...

sfc4lyf wrote:
Get a life! They are just kids having fun! It doesnt snow very often so let them enjoy it!
Throwing snowballs fine, but as too often seen these days it goes too far, and threatens the safety of others. Kids these days are out of control - no respect, no morals and seemingly no cares.
I stand by my little w@nkers comment.
[quote][p][bold]sfc4lyf[/bold] wrote: Get a life! They are just kids having fun! It doesnt snow very often so let them enjoy it![/p][/quote]Throwing snowballs fine, but as too often seen these days it goes too far, and threatens the safety of others. Kids these days are out of control - no respect, no morals and seemingly no cares. I stand by my little w@nkers comment. timjim
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