Fear the urban crime uniform

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/050512/325/finv3.html

“The nation’s largest shopping centre said on Thursday it was banning youths wearing the “urban crime” uniform of baseball caps and hooded tops, a move supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair.”

Now I’ve always thought that dressing like a Chav ought to be a crime, but I don’t see what getting these kids to change their clothing will actually achieve. In St Albans, if memory serves, the pubs with the most instances of violence were those with a strict dress code (no jeans, no trainers, no football shirts etc). Conclusion: Put a thug in a suit and he’s still a thug.

Urban petty crime and ‘anti-social’ behaviour is a major vote-winning concern for Middle England, but will banning certain types of clothing in shopping malls help? I very much doubt it.