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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, June 04, 2005
BLAIR TELLS BRITISH TEENS TO TAKE OFF THEIR HOODS
LONDON -- Britain has a new public enemy --the teenager in a hooded sweat shirt.

Hoods, no longer just an adolescent fashion statement, lie at the center of a debate over what many, including Prime Minsiter Tony Blair, say as an alarming rise in bad behaviour.

Blair says rowdy public drunkenness, noisy neighbors, petty street crime -- even grafitti and vandalism -- are top priorities. He is entusiastically backing an English shopping mall's ban on hoods, baseball caps and other headgear the obstruct the face.

"It is time to reclaim the streets for the decent majority", Blair s=told the House of Commons.

Several public places have banned hoods since teh Bluewater Mall in Kent got widespread publicity for doing so in May.

Mina Salani, 41, said she feels more comfortable working at a hair accessory stall at the Elephant and Castle mall in South London since it banned hoods.

'They look frightening'

"They look like gangasters", Salani said. "They look frightening."

Derek Asante, 24, browsing at a nearby music shop, agreed with Blair. "People being rude to you, showing they haven't got any respect for you, it's really bad," he said. "I see it on the bus on the street, everywhere you go".

(Associated Press/ Beth Gardiner)
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