Dalston club expels teenage troublemakers

St Matthias youth club "Linkup" 311015 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
St Matthias youth club "Linkup" 311015 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
A woman, above, is forced into traffic by the queue, which started just past the foregrounded pubgoers

A YOUTH organisation that allowed teenagers to run out of control has been expelled from a Dalston club after revelations by Loving Dalston.

After he was contacted by this site about the latest episode, on Halloween Eve, Mohammed Alam, who runs St Matthias’s, responded quickly that he was expelling Linked up, which had been hiring the venue.

St Matthias youth club "Linkup" 311015 © DavidAltheer[at]gmail.com
Street-unwise: teenagers risk injury by standing among traffic

As clubgoers queued, they chatted excitedly two or three abreast, occasionally refusing to budge for would-be passers-by, which forced them dangerously into the road, as the picture of the young woman walking into the busy road shows.

When the session ended, at the usual time of 10.30pm, on Saturday 31 October 2015, groups of teenage boys and girls ran into Cecilia Road, spreading into adjacent streets.

Few were drinking alcohol and the girls were just chatting, mostly on the pavements. Some boys lit crackers under parked cars.

Others fired rockets at houses, including one occupied by a senior editor on The Guardian. (This is not thought to have been an expression of comment on the newspaper.)

Police told Loving Dalston that calls were made to the 101 service and that Hackney council sent an observational crew. It took almost 90 minutes for police to clear the teenagers from the streets.

Alam told Loving Dalston: “We [the club] have been hugely let down by the security team that was hired by the people who hired the hall, as well as the community support office that was due to give them support and it was a big disaster for us as a club in every way.”

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A 30 October 2015 @LINKUPLDN tweet said: “@MPSHackney police will be monitoring #linkupldn event on Saturday. So plz DO NOT let off fireworks Actions will result in no further events”. A discriminatory tweet, right, including the hashtag #nohomo, was also posted.

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* Backstory: Danger outside Dalston youth club 

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