AN OSWALDTWISTLE supermarket is tackling rowdy youths – with a little help from Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
The Co-operative store on Union Road is broadcasting classical music on an external speaker to keep troublemakers from congregating outside the premises.
And it seems the plan has worked – the gangs are moving on to escape the music.
Gary Dale, the Co-op’s regional loss prevention manager, said: "We had an issue with young people hanging around outside the store which was intimidating for customers and staff.
"This problem has been dramatically reduced since we introduced the music. The youngsters are definitely not classical music fans and tend to disappear as soon as we turn the music on."
Only two years ago the Co-op was slammed by Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe for using mosquito devices to deter youths. Mosquitoes emit an annoying high-pitched sound which can only be heard by people under the age of 25.
Hyndburn MP Greg Pope visited the store last Friday to see how the system operates.
He said: "I am delighted that the Co-Operative has responded to a local issue in such an innovative and effective way and which is certainly having a positive impact for staff and customers at the store."