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Armed hooligans on rampage in Pottsville

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This isn’t a headline about the Bronx, it’s about Pottsville. Yes, the lovely little seaside town where you can safely take the kids for a picnic and a swim in the river. Very popular place for family camping too.

After dark though it’s a different story. Lock your doors people and don’t go outside.

Early Saturday morning a group of people smashed up the river park buildings. The lights and walls of the buildings were wrecked; broken bottles and blood scattered around.

After a few hours partying there, these hoodlums than let loose on the nearby camping grounds; six cars and several vans were badly scratched while their owners slept a few feet away.

A man was woken in his annexe by three intruders, another man was assaulted when he challenged a man stealing from his car, tent ropes and clotheslines were cut, and washing including underwear was stolen.

We can only guess about the real intentions of these hooligans. They carry knives. Their behaviour is brazen, almost desirous of being confronted.

Imagine a female being confronted on her way to the amenities. Such brazen provocative actions by armed intruders should worry the hell out of the whole community.

Regardless of how much this antisocial behaviour has been fostered by inaction up to this point, there needs to be some action taken now. The behaviour has escalated to a point where lives are in danger.

Ian Jack, Pottsville

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