[JPL] "Manilow method" of dispersing young people
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UK tunes into our boring music
By VERONICA APAP
Teens loathed Bing Crosby at Warrawong in 1999.
British local government authorities could follow the lead of Westfield
Warrawong in driving away loitering teenagers.
United Kingdom campaigners have called for a ban on a device which emits a
high-pitched tone only audible to the young, known as The Mosquito, which
has been used to stop youths hanging around.
Instead the Local Government Association (LGA) is considering using an
Australian method - first tested in the Illawarra - to keep unruly youths
away from public spaces.
In 1999, Warrawong's Westfield shopping centre repeatedly played Bing
Crosby's 1938 hit My Heart is Taking Lessons. Westfield spokeswoman Kate
Davies said at the time the music choice was designed to create ambience,
not move people on.
Rockdale Council followed the shopping centre's lead in 2006 by playing
Barry Manilow's music over loudspeakers to keep teenagers from loitering.
Now the UK may take up what has been dubbed the "Manilow method" of
dispersing young people who contribute to anti-social behaviour in public
Train stations in London have tried playing classical and jazz music to
deter young trouble-makers.
The LGA has found opera and symphonies more effective than jazz, which was
In a move backed by civil libertarians, the Children's Commissioner for
England has argued The Mosquito infringes on the rights of young people, and
should be banned. Commissioner for England has argued The Mosquito
infringes on the rights of young people, and should be banned.
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