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Byline: Dave Kidd

ENGLAND'S feral youth were back on the streets, three weeks after the riots, but this time the teenage gangs were merely hectoring Sky Sports News reporters rather than looting and torching small businesses.

Surely a step in the right direction for David Cameron's Big Society.

Sky reporter Gary Cotterill's lengthy vigil outside the Tottenham training ground is finally over and many seem to lack sympathy for Harry Redknapp's personal stalker.

But consider this, Spurs Lodge is at the end of a long country lane - at least three miles from any cafe, pub, shop or toilet facility. It is also situated at the entrance to Epping Forest Council's main refuse tip.

This leaves us fearing that Cotterill has been living on scraps for weeks, like some scavenging fugitive, his only human contact a daily conversation through Redknapp's car window as Kevin Bond fidgets nervously in the passenger seat.

The highlight of deadline night, though, was provided by a fat bloke in Stoke, standing directly behind Sky's Rob Dorsett, elaborately rolling a cigarette, continually shaking his head, rolling his eyes and muttering that the pounds 18million spent to sign Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios was "a waste of ****ing money".

When sociologists pore over footage of the evening - late in the 21st century, long after the football bubble has burst - this man will surely be held up as the sanest in all England.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2011
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