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TRAM OF TERROR: Gang of Melbourne youths vandalise tram, throw missiles at passing cars, terrorise passengers

loutbusted On Saturday evening a group of ten youths believed to be from the Melbourne suburb of Glenroy went on a crime spree while riding a tram from Highpoint West shopping centre to Moonee Ponds.

In the space of ten minutes they vandalised the tram, ripping out a number of the green passenger handles, threw a number of those solid objects at passing cars, verbally attacked passengers who’d asked them to behave loudly calling one elderly woman passenger a “c*nt” and yelled out viciously racist comments at Indian students.

The youths – of Mediterranean appearance – were dressed in faux American gangster garb with one of them wearing a fake Louis Vuitton belt buckle with fake diamonds.

Despite their comical appearance, passengers told VEXNEWS they were terrified by the violent display.

The tram driver told our informant that he was unable to do anything about gangs like this because if he stopped the tram or told them off, he’d fear being attacked himself.

They appeared to have no sense of fear, with one of the drivers whose car they’d thrown missiles at taking photographs of them. While a couple pulled their hoods up, a number of them posed for the camera wielding driver, complete with hostile hand-gestures.

The louts were unaware they were being filmed by a displeased passenger, the vision has been forwarded to Victoria Police.

Discussion

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  1. Lazy reportage resulting in abject nonsense. Melbourne readers deserve serious news, not this tenuous flim-flam.

    Posted by John | December 14, 2009, 12:04
  2. In the early 1950s Toorak resident and 3UZ radio announcer John Pacini claimed that little boys living in Northcote were flouting power restrictions (with power outages caused by Communist unions calling strikes) and that these little boys not turning lights out were making life miserable for industry and everyone else. Translated this meant wealthy residents of Toorak.

    Pacini ecouraged a lot of anti-social behaviour. He once said the only good communist was a dead communist (but he encouraged communist unions by his puerile rants). If he lived now he’s be a One Nation supporter.

    Pacini has his heirs now, who enourage anti-social and racist behaviour. Pacini targeted lower class whites who lived in Northcote. If he were alive today he’d target Indians, like the louts on that tram.

    Posted by John Pacini encouraged this | December 14, 2009, 12:20
  3. John, is that you in the red hoody?

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | December 14, 2009, 12:21
  4. fuckin guidos

    Posted by ghost of Latham | December 14, 2009, 12:42
  5. Byron, please look elswewhere for your piece of rough.

    Posted by John in the red hoody | December 14, 2009, 13:39
  6. Send in the crime fighter Cameron . oh no he is MIA again

    Posted by Dad | December 14, 2009, 21:17
  7. Look like they are from the SL.

    Posted by anon | December 14, 2009, 22:37
  8. Bob Cameron will fix it. He is an outstanding Socialist Leftista Minister. He knows when to keep his mouth shut. He knows most problems are fixed by keeping ones mouth shut. The bad media. The difficulties. The damage. Cameron knows words will make him sound a fool. He keeps his mouth shut. He sounds wise. Only Race Mathews was a better cops minister than our Bob.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2009, 23:57
  9. Come on Bob. Tell us about the louts on the tram.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2009, 23:58
  10. Why was the tram driver frightened? He’s in a protected cabin.

    All he needed to do was radio for the police and slow the tram down.

    Nah …. he just didn’t care.

    Posted by Rampant | December 15, 2009, 7:38
  11. Why is everyone getting excited about this minor issue. They are only expressing their Human Rights with Rob Hulls’ blessings. Anarchy, the long term success of the Bracks/Brumby Govt.

    Posted by scarlet pimpernell | December 15, 2009, 7:50
  12. Andy, there is certainly a market for reportage with the moving image for this sort of news. While there have always been naughty little ‘wog’ boys, there is something awry in social fabric with prevelance of so many violent incidents from young men and it is worth exploring. Lots of taxpayer dollars are spent on addressing this visible issue but not of the root causes. It just can’t be alcohol and testoserone.

    Posted by good one, Andy | December 15, 2009, 9:29
  13. Manual-labour intensive industries like manufacturing have declined since the 70s. 20-odd years ago these kids would have gone to a tech school until they were 15 then headed to respectable blue collar apprenticeships and lives.

    Now they are shoe-horned into a stay-at-school/”knowledge worker” labour model that doesn’t fit.

    The result: dismal myspace/ipod fodder with no brains and too much testosterone.

    Posted by Epstein's Mother | December 15, 2009, 23:45
  14. I fail to see how this is newsworthy – this sort of thing is quite common on public transport, particularly trams where the hooligans know they can run off easily in the unlikely event of the police attending. Just do a trawl of vic.crimestoppers.com.au and look for the keyword tram or public transport.

    Posted by Anon | December 18, 2009, 23:40
  15. They’re “of Middle Eastern Appearance”. Nuff said.

    Agree wityh you re the tram driver, he should have called the police. Are they not trained in emergency measures?

    of course, they might not have shown up!

    Posted by JJ | December 20, 2009, 0:23