Youths snowball cars in Townhill Park

CLOSE RANGE: A gang of youths run into the road throwing snowballs at passing cars in Meggeson Avenue in Townhill Park.

CLOSE RANGE: A gang of youths run into the road throwing snowballs at passing cars in Meggeson Avenue in Townhill Park.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

A GANG of youths lined a Southampton street before pelting motorists with snowballs, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The yobs, some as young as ten, terrorised drivers in Meggason Avenue in Townhill Park yesterday afternoon causing them to swerve on the treacherous roads.

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The youths finally stopped after some motorists parked their cars and chased them away.

One eyewitness said: “There were at least 15 kids who were throwing ice and snow at cars at close range.

Dangerous “Because the cars were driving slowly in the icy conditions the kids were running in between the cars so they could get even closer.

“Some were just inches from the cars they were throwing the snowballs at.

“Some of the drivers thought enough was enough and parked their cars and chased the kids away.”

A police spokesman said: “Having a snowball fight can be a lot of fun if it’s between friends but to target motorists especially in large groups at close quarters is not on.

“It can be quite dangerous and could result in damage to vehicles or even an accident.

“Quite a lot of the snow has now turned toice and this can be very hard when thrown.

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“We would ask people not to do this and to think about the consequences. Enjoy the snow but go and do something else.”

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10:40am Thu 14 Jan 10

Jammy Donut says...

The Police said:
“We would ask people not to do this and to think about the consequences. Enjoy the snow but go and do something else.”

Why don't they turn up and bang a few heads?
The Police said: “We would ask people not to do this and to think about the consequences. Enjoy the snow but go and do something else.” Why don't they turn up and bang a few heads? Jammy Donut
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10:50am Thu 14 Jan 10

Nutty says...

And just would the police do when they catch these idiots throwing snowballs at cars?........nothing apart from tell them of and say don't do it again. and as soon as the police backs are turned they will be back at throwing snowballs again, so it's pointless the police getting involved
And just would the police do when they catch these idiots throwing snowballs at cars?........nothing apart from tell them of and say don't do it again. and as soon as the police backs are turned they will be back at throwing snowballs again, so it's pointless the police getting involved Nutty
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11:02am Thu 14 Jan 10

zener says...

The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is!
Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is! Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg! zener
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11:23am Thu 14 Jan 10

stmarysmush says...

Im glad the police issued this statement here. Im sure all these youths will read this and now behave having been told.
Im glad the police issued this statement here. Im sure all these youths will read this and now behave having been told. stmarysmush
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11:25am Thu 14 Jan 10

Nutty says...

just what is zero tolerance by the police nowadays?
just what is zero tolerance by the police nowadays? Nutty
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11:26am Thu 14 Jan 10

jenny75 says...

these kids need to be put in stocks and have cabbages thrown at them/or any rotton food will do
these kids need to be put in stocks and have cabbages thrown at them/or any rotton food will do jenny75
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11:27am Thu 14 Jan 10

helhod says...

Bunch of idiots i was driving the number 3 bus there the other day kids about 10 with garden shovels sweeping up snow then running in front of the bus with shovel and throwing the snow off it ....
Bunch of idiots i was driving the number 3 bus there the other day kids about 10 with garden shovels sweeping up snow then running in front of the bus with shovel and throwing the snow off it .... helhod
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11:28am Thu 14 Jan 10

Day Dreamer says...

This is the Ice age we live in nowadys.
This is the Ice age we live in nowadys. Day Dreamer
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11:30am Thu 14 Jan 10

StEmmosfire says...

The kids have no money so not worth prosecuting. To much paper work for them too.
The kids have no money so not worth prosecuting. To much paper work for them too. StEmmosfire
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11:51am Thu 14 Jan 10

Shoong says...

Teenagers throwing snow balls at PSCOs in Winchester yesterday, they just laughed. I would have expected a clip 'round the ear.
Teenagers throwing snow balls at PSCOs in Winchester yesterday, they just laughed. I would have expected a clip 'round the ear. Shoong
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12:08pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Nothing to say says...

Give those kids a good kicking, or run them over. That'll learn 'em.
Give those kids a good kicking, or run them over. That'll learn 'em. Nothing to say
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12:12pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Jammy Donut says...

Zero Tolerance = Do Nothing
Zero Tolerance = Do Nothing Jammy Donut
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12:19pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Big Mac says...

Bring out the water canons and attach to the buses, ambulances, police cars and any other 'service vehicles'.
Add some coloured dye and soak/tag the little toe-rags. It might not stop all of their anti-social behavior, but at least they would have to sit in front of their PS3's in damp, stinking trackie bottoms and food stained hoodies. Shame.

sw: half-wish!
Bring out the water canons and attach to the buses, ambulances, police cars and any other 'service vehicles'. Add some coloured dye and soak/tag the little toe-rags. It might not stop all of their anti-social behavior, but at least they would have to sit in front of their PS3's in damp, stinking trackie bottoms and food stained hoodies. Shame. sw: half-wish! Big Mac
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12:52pm Thu 14 Jan 10

St.DaveH says...

jenny75 wrote:
these kids need to be put in stocks and have cabbages thrown at them/or any rotton food will do
Use yellow snow balls....
[quote][p][bold]jenny75[/bold] wrote: these kids need to be put in stocks and have cabbages thrown at them/or any rotton food will do[/p][/quote]Use yellow snow balls.... St.DaveH
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12:53pm Thu 14 Jan 10

goard says...

This is a new phase in human aggressiveness - an essential ingrediant in putting these mentally programmed beings into a most terrible war with whom we, Britain, wish to be an aggressor. Yes, we are an Island and we need deadly aggressors - these youths are fodder - deadly and of no consequence to peaceful Britain - roll on, you are worth nothing to peaceful Britain. Eventually, you will be DEAD!

goard
This is a new phase in human aggressiveness - an essential ingrediant in putting these mentally programmed beings into a most terrible war with whom we, Britain, wish to be an aggressor. Yes, we are an Island and we need deadly aggressors - these youths are fodder - deadly and of no consequence to peaceful Britain - roll on, you are worth nothing to peaceful Britain. Eventually, you will be DEAD! goard goard
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1:14pm Thu 14 Jan 10

King Mush says...

lol

Trouble is that these are just little squirts and they know they are 'untouchable' It would be good to see motorists stopping and dispensing some good old fahioned 'justice' that used to be tolerated a few decades ago.

If any of these Meggeson Mall Rats got a clip round the ear then you can be sure that mobile phones would be used to record the actions plus noting car registrations. If the car is seen in the area then one can imagine to outcome.


Plus you'd have the 'elders' running out of the sink estate with baseball bats etc. They'd really be angry having been torn away from their 50" plasma screens as they watch Jeremy Kyle & co.


YouTube a nd other sites would be full of these morons strutting their stuff.

The police cannot and will not intervene. Therefore the local community should self-police these mini-thugs but have to live within the same area so naturally might now wish to be targetted.


We really need some good old fashioned vigilantes to sort this mess out. You can be sure that these sprogs will soon develop into teen terrors and kick off all manner of 'turf wars' on Townhill and the surrounding 'enemies' and rivals.

Just wait for the inevitable 'accident' when one of these little angels gets run over by a car, bus, lorry as they have their 'fun' in the snow.

Guess who will shoulder the blame?
lol Trouble is that these are just little squirts and they know they are 'untouchable' It would be good to see motorists stopping and dispensing some good old fahioned 'justice' that used to be tolerated a few decades ago. If any of these Meggeson Mall Rats got a clip round the ear then you can be sure that mobile phones would be used to record the actions plus noting car registrations. If the car is seen in the area then one can imagine to outcome. Plus you'd have the 'elders' running out of the sink estate with baseball bats etc. They'd really be angry having been torn away from their 50" plasma screens as they watch Jeremy Kyle & co. YouTube a nd other sites would be full of these morons strutting their stuff. The police cannot and will not intervene. Therefore the local community should self-police these mini-thugs but have to live within the same area so naturally might now wish to be targetted. We really need some good old fashioned vigilantes to sort this mess out. You can be sure that these sprogs will soon develop into teen terrors and kick off all manner of 'turf wars' on Townhill and the surrounding 'enemies' and rivals. Just wait for the inevitable 'accident' when one of these little angels gets run over by a car, bus, lorry as they have their 'fun' in the snow. Guess who will shoulder the blame? King Mush
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1:25pm Thu 14 Jan 10

happysaint says...

kids are doing it up in shirley to my car got hit too and i had 4 kids in the car and one disabled ,but at least the snow is going
kids are doing it up in shirley to my car got hit too and i had 4 kids in the car and one disabled ,but at least the snow is going happysaint
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1:32pm Thu 14 Jan 10

cygnus says...

stmarysmush wrote:
Im glad the police issued this statement here. Im sure all these youths will read this and now behave having been told.
hahaha funny, I bet they can't read.
[quote][p][bold]stmarysmush[/bold] wrote: Im glad the police issued this statement here. Im sure all these youths will read this and now behave having been told.[/p][/quote]hahaha funny, I bet they can't read. cygnus
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1:34pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Redback says...

Nothing to say wrote:
Give those kids a good kicking, or run them over. That'll learn 'em.
They should be locked up for life, and then killed with a hammer, and then locked up again. And starved. and beaten with broom handles. Then killed again, just in case. It's the only language these yobs understand.
[quote][p][bold]Nothing to say[/bold] wrote: Give those kids a good kicking, or run them over. That'll learn 'em.[/p][/quote]They should be locked up for life, and then killed with a hammer, and then locked up again. And starved. and beaten with broom handles. Then killed again, just in case. It's the only language these yobs understand. Redback
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1:45pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Red Shirt says...

King Mush wrote:
lol Trouble is that these are just little squirts and they know they are 'untouchable' It would be good to see motorists stopping and dispensing some good old fahioned 'justice' that used to be tolerated a few decades ago. If any of these Meggeson Mall Rats got a clip round the ear then you can be sure that mobile phones would be used to record the actions plus noting car registrations. If the car is seen in the area then one can imagine to outcome. Plus you'd have the 'elders' running out of the sink estate with baseball bats etc. They'd really be angry having been torn away from their 50" plasma screens as they watch Jeremy Kyle & co. YouTube a nd other sites would be full of these morons strutting their stuff. The police cannot and will not intervene. Therefore the local community should self-police these mini-thugs but have to live within the same area so naturally might now wish to be targetted. We really need some good old fashioned vigilantes to sort this mess out. You can be sure that these sprogs will soon develop into teen terrors and kick off all manner of 'turf wars' on Townhill and the surrounding 'enemies' and rivals. Just wait for the inevitable 'accident' when one of these little angels gets run over by a car, bus, lorry as they have their 'fun' in the snow. Guess who will shoulder the blame?
Well said King Mush.
Blame the parents but then they're no better in most cases.
Vigilantes are the answer but with the severe consequences these days, the only ones with nothing to lose are the scumbags we want off the street in the first place!!
[quote][p][bold]King Mush[/bold] wrote: lol Trouble is that these are just little squirts and they know they are 'untouchable' It would be good to see motorists stopping and dispensing some good old fahioned 'justice' that used to be tolerated a few decades ago. If any of these Meggeson Mall Rats got a clip round the ear then you can be sure that mobile phones would be used to record the actions plus noting car registrations. If the car is seen in the area then one can imagine to outcome. Plus you'd have the 'elders' running out of the sink estate with baseball bats etc. They'd really be angry having been torn away from their 50" plasma screens as they watch Jeremy Kyle & co. YouTube a nd other sites would be full of these morons strutting their stuff. The police cannot and will not intervene. Therefore the local community should self-police these mini-thugs but have to live within the same area so naturally might now wish to be targetted. We really need some good old fashioned vigilantes to sort this mess out. You can be sure that these sprogs will soon develop into teen terrors and kick off all manner of 'turf wars' on Townhill and the surrounding 'enemies' and rivals. Just wait for the inevitable 'accident' when one of these little angels gets run over by a car, bus, lorry as they have their 'fun' in the snow. Guess who will shoulder the blame?[/p][/quote]Well said King Mush. Blame the parents but then they're no better in most cases. Vigilantes are the answer but with the severe consequences these days, the only ones with nothing to lose are the scumbags we want off the street in the first place!! Red Shirt
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1:55pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Big Mac says...

King Mush has got the right idea. They will respond to nothing other than terror and this is what they (and their cretinous parents) deserve. The sooner the people of this country see sense and start to act, the better.
King Mush has got the right idea. They will respond to nothing other than terror and this is what they (and their cretinous parents) deserve. The sooner the people of this country see sense and start to act, the better. Big Mac
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2:10pm Thu 14 Jan 10

RJCogburn says...

Nutty wrote:
just what is zero tolerance by the police nowadays?
I think it means they will tolerate doing nothing until a tragedy happens. If an innocent motorist or pedestrian is injured or killed then there will be a Police attendance. Until then,they are not interested in taking any proactive steps to try & prevent a potential tragedy. It won't show up on their performance statistics, so all they will do is concentrate on the crimes that will give the beareaucrats the perception that they are performing more efficiently.

Unfortunately its the performance management culture that is endemic within all public services, required of them by Governments past & present, which prevent the effective delivery of what the tax payer actually wants.

Too many senior public service posts are now dependant upon this performance management culture so until that changes, which is very unlikely, the public will continue to pay for excessive numbers of non productive pen pushers rather than staff actually delivering a service people need.
[quote][p][bold]Nutty[/bold] wrote: just what is zero tolerance by the police nowadays?[/p][/quote]I think it means they will tolerate doing nothing until a tragedy happens. If an innocent motorist or pedestrian is injured or killed then there will be a Police attendance. Until then,they are not interested in taking any proactive steps to try & prevent a potential tragedy. It won't show up on their performance statistics, so all they will do is concentrate on the crimes that will give the beareaucrats the perception that they are performing more efficiently. Unfortunately its the performance management culture that is endemic within all public services, required of them by Governments past & present, which prevent the effective delivery of what the tax payer actually wants. Too many senior public service posts are now dependant upon this performance management culture so until that changes, which is very unlikely, the public will continue to pay for excessive numbers of non productive pen pushers rather than staff actually delivering a service people need. RJCogburn
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2:19pm Thu 14 Jan 10

UFO says...

....anyone suggested sending them up chimneys yet?
....anyone suggested sending them up chimneys yet? UFO
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2:27pm Thu 14 Jan 10

BerryMan says...

Start giving out free sterilisation kits at the dole office. These chavs will claim and recieve anything if its free!
Stop the rot now.
Start giving out free sterilisation kits at the dole office. These chavs will claim and recieve anything if its free! Stop the rot now. BerryMan
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2:52pm Thu 14 Jan 10

show some respect says...

Last year had the same problem, snowballs being thrown at the cars, I stopped challenge them, but you don't deal with one they all join in. It then becomes a situation where you need to get back in the car and drive off, even then they open the doors and throw more snowballs in. If only we could recognise them in 5 yrs when they have there own car, and someone tries to put the windows through with a snowball.
Last year had the same problem, snowballs being thrown at the cars, I stopped challenge them, but you don't deal with one they all join in. It then becomes a situation where you need to get back in the car and drive off, even then they open the doors and throw more snowballs in. If only we could recognise them in 5 yrs when they have there own car, and someone tries to put the windows through with a snowball. show some respect
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3:54pm Thu 14 Jan 10

wilson castaway says...

Can I just add that when there were kids in thornhill doing the same thing the police did come out to myself and my sec guard and take the names of the kids, most were 'well known' anyway and they promised that further action will be taken.What that further action is im not sure, but at least they took our calls seriously.
Can I just add that when there were kids in thornhill doing the same thing the police did come out to myself and my sec guard and take the names of the kids, most were 'well known' anyway and they promised that further action will be taken.What that further action is im not sure, but at least they took our calls seriously. wilson castaway
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6:02pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Nutty says...

these kids nowadays think they're hard etc, how about we bring our soldiers back and send these idiots out there to fight and see how hard they are then
these kids nowadays think they're hard etc, how about we bring our soldiers back and send these idiots out there to fight and see how hard they are then Nutty
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6:04pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Mr BCB says...

It is an offence under Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1828 to throw a snowball in a public place if it causes annoyance and danger. The fact that the cars were being driven makes the culprit liable in a court of law.
It is an offence under Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1828 to throw a snowball in a public place if it causes annoyance and danger. The fact that the cars were being driven makes the culprit liable in a court of law. Mr BCB
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6:33pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Condor Man says...

Funny while Itchen MP was talking about Class issues his own constituents were showing what a bunch of no-marks they are. Townhill Park could be a nice estate except for the minority of people who live there who make the lives of others a misery
Funny while Itchen MP was talking about Class issues his own constituents were showing what a bunch of no-marks they are. Townhill Park could be a nice estate except for the minority of people who live there who make the lives of others a misery Condor Man
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6:35pm Thu 14 Jan 10

TwistedWitch says...

Let's face it people. The authorities have given up in controlling unruly youths. I get it all the time around here as I live nextdoor to a park. The bleeding heart PCSO they keep sending out would like to kiss ar*e with this rat bags and NEVER wants to say anything to them just in case one of them has info to help him crack a serious crime........ as if!!!

I witnessed a couple of dozen of them throwing snowballs at 3 police people yesterday and the police joined in and threw them back.

How appropriate in this weather, but this is just the tip of a huge iceberg which will gradually sink this country.

And just one other thing. Please do not assume that all youths who are unruly are chavs and/or the children of chavs. Lots of middle class Mummies and Daddies drop off their little darlin's round here and then begger off back to their posh secluded area and leave their offspring to wreak havoc.

Sooner or later we go under or we take control back from these devils spawn. I suspect, we will go under.
Let's face it people. The authorities have given up in controlling unruly youths. I get it all the time around here as I live nextdoor to a park. The bleeding heart PCSO they keep sending out would like to kiss ar*e with this rat bags and NEVER wants to say anything to them just in case one of them has info to help him crack a serious crime........ as if!!! I witnessed a couple of dozen of them throwing snowballs at 3 police people yesterday and the police joined in and threw them back. How appropriate in this weather, but this is just the tip of a huge iceberg which will gradually sink this country. And just one other thing. Please do not assume that all youths who are unruly are chavs and/or the children of chavs. Lots of middle class Mummies and Daddies drop off their little darlin's round here and then begger off back to their posh secluded area and leave their offspring to wreak havoc. Sooner or later we go under or we take control back from these devils spawn. I suspect, we will go under. TwistedWitch
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6:38pm Thu 14 Jan 10

arthur boutfaith says...

zener wrote:
The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is!
Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
No, it was snowballs, not iceberg tips.
Similar.

Bring back the birch, that's what I say, and national service, and leg irons.

Baaahhhhh.
[quote][p][bold]zener[/bold] wrote: The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is! Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg![/p][/quote]No, it was snowballs, not iceberg tips. Similar. Bring back the birch, that's what I say, and national service, and leg irons. Baaahhhhh. arthur boutfaith
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6:38pm Thu 14 Jan 10

arthur boutfaith says...

zener wrote:
The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is!
Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg!
No, it was snowballs, not iceberg tips.
Similar.

Bring back the birch, that's what I say, and national service, and leg irons.

Baaahhhhh.
[quote][p][bold]zener[/bold] wrote: The schools were closed what else do you expect? It's the teachers fault, it must be, everything else is! Question - where were the parents? Arrest the little yobs - zero tolerance by the police for 6 months will give a break to people who suffer from these yobs everyday. This is just the tip of the iceberg![/p][/quote]No, it was snowballs, not iceberg tips. Similar. Bring back the birch, that's what I say, and national service, and leg irons. Baaahhhhh. arthur boutfaith
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7:01pm Thu 14 Jan 10

Redback says...

Man the barricades! Bring on the fictional idealised former state Revolution!!!
-
ROFLMAO
Man the barricades! Bring on the fictional idealised former state Revolution!!! - ROFLMAO Redback
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12:06pm Fri 15 Jan 10

slimoverkill says...

Thats sNOw Fun at all.....
Thats sNOw Fun at all..... slimoverkill
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2:32pm Fri 15 Jan 10

Redback says...

UFO wrote:
....anyone suggested sending them up chimneys yet?
Or down the...
Oh no, that's right. Thatcher closed them.
[quote][p][bold]UFO[/bold] wrote: ....anyone suggested sending them up chimneys yet?[/p][/quote]Or down the... Oh no, that's right. Thatcher closed them. Redback
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1:06am Tue 19 Jan 10

Savage666 says...

omg ur all a bunch a cry babies, it snows for like 2days and u cry when u get a snow ball thrown at u, i drive a highly modified saxo which has cost me thousands to make and yeah i got snowballs thrown at my car and 1 even went through my back window but i wouldnt want them arrested or killed as some ov u have said ur lucky they didnt stop u in the middle ov the road and stab ya then rob ur car and kill ur wife n kids or summin, abit of harmless fun and ur all f**kin moanin about it blamin the teachers n police for not doin there jobs waste there time on people throwin snow or people killin lil old ladies? i fink i now were id be if i was a copper! GROW UP FFS
omg ur all a bunch a cry babies, it snows for like 2days and u cry when u get a snow ball thrown at u, i drive a highly modified saxo which has cost me thousands to make and yeah i got snowballs thrown at my car and 1 even went through my back window but i wouldnt want them arrested or killed as some ov u have said ur lucky they didnt stop u in the middle ov the road and stab ya then rob ur car and kill ur wife n kids or summin, abit of harmless fun and ur all f**kin moanin about it blamin the teachers n police for not doin there jobs waste there time on people throwin snow or people killin lil old ladies? i fink i now were id be if i was a copper! GROW UP FFS Savage666
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