‘If they want to get rid of teenagers, they are going to need something louder’ - Reaction to controversial ‘anti-teenager’ device outside Great Yarmouth McDonald’s

Police officers patrolling outside the McDonald's in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

Police officers patrolling outside the McDonald's in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

Teenagers have hit back at the use of a controversial 'anti-teenager' device outside McDonald's in Great Yarmouth, which has divided public opinion.

Nicole Flint, 15, with her mum Lindsay, 45 and twin sister Hayley give their thoughts on the 'anti-t

Nicole Flint, 15, with her mum Lindsay, 45 and twin sister Hayley give their thoughts on the 'anti-teenager' device outside McDonald's in Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

It comes as fast-food chain in the town said it was tackling anti-social behaviour by using a Mosquito device to disperse young people.

The chain's restaurant on Regent Road is using the controversial device - branded 'degrading' by civil liberties campaigners - to target people loitering outside the restaurant.

MORE: McDonald's in Yarmouth uses controversial 'anti-teenager' deviceIt gives off a high-pitched buzzing sound designed to be uncomfortable and unpleasant to young people.

McDonald's in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

McDonald's in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

One teenager, who did not give his name, regularly hangs out near the fast food outlet in Great Yarmouth and said when it goes off it gives him a headache.


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Another said it was an annoying sound but it did not bother them too much and they would stay nearby even if the high-pitched buzzer sound was going off.

She added: 'If they want to get rid of teenagers, they are going to need something louder.'

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Lindsay Flint, 45, from London, who was on holiday in the area but originally from Norwich, said if it kept the area clear of trouble it was a good idea.

A Respect Zone poster in McDonald's in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan

A Respect Zone poster in McDonald's in Regent Road, Great Yarmouth. Photo: George Ryan - Credit: Archant

She added: 'It is intimidating when you see a bunch of teenagers on the pavement.'

Her daughter Nicole Flint, 15, said: 'I kind of feel targeted a little bit because it is against my generation and we don't get a choice even if we're behaving.'

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