Teenage yobs 'scared off by local radio'

IT sounds like the sort of sketch that would involve comic radio character Alan Partridge.But BBC Radio Norfolk's novel tactics to disperse teenage gangs loitering outside its studios are no joke.

By Danielle Nuttall

IT sounds like the sort of sketch that would involve comic radio character Alan Partridge.

But BBC Radio Norfolk's novel tactics to disperse teenage gangs loitering outside its studios are no joke.

Radio bosses have installed a loudspeaker outside the BBC's eastern regional headquarters at The Forum in Norwich to scare away youths and hopefully give them some peace and quiet.


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Corporation staff were asked for suggestions of songs that would drive the noisy youths away, and BBC chiefs decided the music they would least like to hear would be their own Radio Norfolk.

The easy listening, middle of the road music played by the local radio station seems to have had the desired effect.

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A BBC source said: “An email went round asking for suggestions of what music could be played through the speaker to get these kids to go away.

“We were really surprised they thought Radio Norfolk would be the most effective.”

But there are questions about whether the music is having the desired effect, for during half-term, youngsters walking past the radio station appeared to be enjoying it.

There were even reports of some children dancing, leaving BBC bosses wondering whether they had attracted a whole new army of fans.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “We've installed a speaker outside the BBC reception and are broadcasting BBC Radio Norfolk on it during the day to people passing by.

“We're pleased if it's introducing a new generation of listeners to the station.”

A snapshot of Radio Norfolk's play list yesterday

11.39am - Wonderful World, James Morrison

11.42am - Feel Like Making Love, Roberta Flack

11.52am - Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, Meat Loaf

11.56am - Down Town, Petula Clark

12.06am - Lyin' Eyes, Eagles

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