Police were involved in a violent clash outside a Croydon town centre pupil referral unit (PRU) when a fight got out of control just before midday.Hmm, Croydon, Croydon. Why does that ring a bell?
One officer was attacked by up to eight youths when police were called to Croydon High Street this morning, witnesses say.
It seems the word 'mob' is still out of favour though.
Police were called and witnesses say one officer was on the floor with up to eight youths kicking and punching him.Ah, yes. 'Youths' Much more...undescriptive.
About 20 police officers were soon on the scene and hauled one of the youths into a nearby restaurant to get him away from the fight.
Albino Serrao, owner of Galicia tapas bar, saw the fight.Is this a regular occurrence in Croydon? The shopkeepers seem to think so:
He said: "When it was going on the policeman engaged the youths then most of the youths were on top of the policeman hitting, kicking him and punching him.
Maureen Silverstin, who works at Walker and Cripp stockbrokers, said: "This isn't the first time this has happened, they are always fighting.It's not going to be the recession and Labour's incompetence that does for high street businesses here, is it?
"We saw a fight down Thanet Place, four or five lads were running and taking turns in booting a boy in the head.
"It is getting to the point now where there are gangs of youths hanging about on the street intimidating people.