So many hooded hooligans and exuberant clubbers have been plaguing Paul Oakenfold and his next-door neighbour Tony Blairs Paddington square that residents have recruited private security guards, it emerged this week.
"It can get very busy at the weekend with a lot of cars and loud people, Blairs other next-door neighbour Kathy Hyer told the Daily Mail, Music blares from cars and people dance on the street.
The Daily Mail suggested many of the miscreants are noisy revellers coming back to the square in the early hours from clubs and bars in nearby Edgware Road and revealed that Connaught Square suffers from twice as many robberies and burglaries as the London average. Security staff are now patrolling until 4am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, paid for out of the residents pooled garden funds.
The story appeared as a new survey of 2,500 Brits comparing musical tastes with morality revealed that dance music fans are far more likely to be law-breakers, with 56.9% of dance music fans admitting to having committed a criminal act compared to 53.1% of hip hop fans and 17.9% of fans of musicals. Dance music fans also took more drugs than anyone else, though a surprising 12% of opera buffs admitted to munching magic mushrooms, despite the fungis recent Class A status.
In more raver crime news, Australian Health Minister John Hatzistergos (New South Wales) unveiled plans for a new drug awareness advertising campaign this week, aimed at well educated young professionals and students who go clubbing. "The statistics show us that three-quarters of ecstasy users are reported as using these nightclubs, rave and dance parties," he told ABC News.
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