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Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK
Classics deter bus station yobs
Mozart
Mozart is one of the composers being played at the bus station
Mozart and Vivaldi have been brought in to tackle anti-social behaviour in a town in East Yorkshire.

Residents near Snow Hill bus station in Beverley have complained about youths shouting abuse and urinating near their front doors.

Now classical music is being piped into the bus station. The theory is that as youngsters hate the classics they will stay away from the area.

The music comes from a batch of CDs bought for 15 from a secondhand shop.

Trial scheme

David Boden from East Riding Council suggested the idea when he arrived in Beverley from South Shields where music has already been used to deter yobbish behaviour.

"We are simply trialling the scheme at this stage because we have been working with the residents in this area to try and look at every method we can use to alleviate these problems," Mr Boden explained.

A public address system with vandal-proof speakers has been installed in the bus station and along nearby Sylvester Lane.

The music will fill the air between 1930 and 2330 each evening.




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