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Classics drive away station yobs
Mozart's rousing symphonies have driven the youths away
Mozart and Vivaldi have successfully driven away vandals and yobs from an East Yorkshire town's bus station.

Councillors began piping the music through the PA system at Beverley bus station after complaints about anti-social behaviour in the area.

The rousing classics proved too much for the troublemakers and incidents of vandalism stopped virtually overnight.

David Boden, from East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "It's a very simple idea but also very effective."

Some of the kids have asked me if they could have Britney Spears for a day if they behave. We'll have to see
David Boden, East Riding Council

Residents and shopkeepers near the station at Snow Hill had complained about youths shouting abuse and urinating near their front doors.

Mr Boden suggested the idea after arriving in the town from South Shields where a similar experiment was a success.

He said: "When I first came up with the idea, I think people thought I was stark raving mad, but it's cleared up the problems by about 80%.

"They can't stand the music and it just irritates them so much they end up leaving.

"It has cost us about 200 to get the licences to play the music and to buy the CDs, but it has saved us thousands."

Britney decision

The classical music starts in the early evening and lasts for six hours.

Desperate youths have failed in attempts to cut the loudspeakers' wires.

Now the council is using the PA system to play Christmas carols throughout the day.

"They're not going to like it, but everyone else does. I think the classical music helps calm them down, even if they don't realise it, and the carols also get people in a good mood," added Mr Boden.

He said the council would continue with the winning formula but was resisting the temptation to explore other musical avenues.

"Well, we're not going to have any Cliff Richard for now, because what we've done has worked and I think we'll stick with the tried and tested."

Mr Boden added: "Some of the kids have asked me if they could have Britney Spears for a day if they behave. We'll have to see."

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