Dozens of college pupils were involved in violent clashes with police yesterday afternoon (November 3), forcing the closure of Orpington High Street.I haven't been to Orpington for about 10 years, but this is hard to believe, unless it's changed out of all recognition...
The trouble flared at around 5.25pm when more than 40 Orpington College students waited for a bus outside Boots in the high street.Which is when it all kicked off, it seems.
Around 15 of them boarded a route 51 before the driver shut his doors and a patrolling PCSO told the remaining teenagers they would have to wait for the next bus.
And by 'kicked off', I mean really kicked off:
But instead the youths on the pavement tried to force their way onto the bus, kicking the front and back doors.It seems the real cops had just as much trouble when they arrived too:
The violence quickly escalated and a PCSO received a cut to his face and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
The high street was shut for around an hour while police fought running battles with the teenagers.Well, I suppose at least they are happy to call it a 'mob' this time.
Local safer neighbourhood teams, safer transport teams and police officers from Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich were all drafted in to deal with the mob.
The Met’s dog unit and territorial support group were also called to the scene.
But then, when you need reinforcements from three boroughs, the dogs AND the TSG, what else can you call it?
Other than 'worrying'. Very, very worrying...
* - Youths Of No Appearance
Update: Looks like the race card has now been slapped down on the table, face up:
KalishaC (from newspaper comments): "...we are being discriminated over our colour and age because the majority of us were BLACK student. Because one white student cried the police let them go but with the black student they added extra force which was not needed.... Another thing i feel the police was too aggresive they should have asked nicely..."They should, should they?