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Mozart drives off nuisance youths
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Mozart's music is being used to drive away young people
Mozart's music is being brought to a new wave of listeners in the 250th anniversary year of his birth, but it is not intended to be inspirational.

Luton Borough Council plans to play classical music in the town centre to discourage teenagers from gathering around shops and becoming a nuisance.

Research shows young people can be deterred by classical music.

They tend to move away from music they do not like and it is alleged Mozart is particularly effective.

The borough council is also using equipment designed to drive away mosquitoes to discourage the youths from gathering.

The mosquito units are small sound generators that give out a high frequency sound which, it is claimed, only young people under the age of 25 can hear, because of the density of their inner ear bones.

Classical music will be played outside the shops at Sundon Park parade, while mosquito units will be on trial at Wigmore Lane and St Dominic's Square, both areas experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour.

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