View Full Version : "Police use ice cream music to embarrass teen rioters in Belfast"

07-24-2010, 03:56 PM
Nursery rhymes set to music are deeply uncool. Just ask the bottle-throwing teenagers on the Twinbrook estate on outskirts of west Belfast. Ice cream music was played to them as they misbehaved and it stopped them.

In an action that was cleverly psychological, the nursery tunes were blasted through the loudspeakers of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) armored Land Rover after the patrol came under attack from about 15 teenagers last weekend. (from the article)

Article (http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Police-use-ice-cream-music-to-embarrass-teen-rioters-in-Belfast-95103964.html)

07-24-2010, 07:03 PM
That is funny!
It gives them a chance to question their crazed mental state.:D


07-24-2010, 07:40 PM
However police accept that this was not an appropriate action. The officer has been spoken to by a senior officer in order to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Among those who did not see the funny side was Sinn Fein councilor Angela Nelson. “It was a very immature way for police to deal with a very serious problem,” she said. We have serious issues with on-street drinking and the anti-social behavior that results from that on-street drinking. I would have expected the PSNI to have a more mature outlook and not to come up and play ice cream tunes.
:rolleyes2: How ridiculous! It clearly worked, stupes!

The answer to Nelson's question is Los Angeles. The Drew Street gang was for years one of the most dangerous street gangs in northeast L.A. Hooded gang members lurked behind parked cars and on apartment balconies. At night, tires squealed and gunshots echoed while neighbors huddled in their homes.

In response to the nightly terror the City renamed the streets where the gang congregated Gay Street and Pansy Square. Overnight, after the name change, the gang no longer congregated there and crime decreased.

Perhaps there's more to this humorous and psychological approach than may initially meet the eye.

07-24-2010, 07:50 PM
The power of good craic runs strong in Ireland!