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Last Updated: Monday May 14 2007 06:03 GMT

Shoppers 'fear kids using Heelys'


Banning Heelys, roller skates and skateboards from shopping centres would make people feel safer when hitting the stores, according to a survey.

Kids whizzing around on the toys were among the biggest pests named by 1,000 shoppers.

Many of them also want hooded tops to be barred and named anti-social behaviour as the thing they feared the most.

Heelys and hoodies have already been banned in some UK shopping centres.

The tops hide people's faces and some shoppers said they found this threatening.

Campaigners are calling for the police and councils to work together to make shoppers feel safer.

The survey was carried out earlier this year for a security company.

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