THIS WEEK IN 1990: Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle mania

Frightened children got caught in the crush as a crowd of more than 2,000 lay siege to a Portsmouth store selling the latest in television cult toys.

Wednesday, 6th June 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 10:25 am
jpns 020618 retro Turtles - Paul Russel, four, and his brother Mark, six, with their father Tony, 36

Allders store in Commercial Road was caught unawares as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle mania struck.

One parent claimed a scuffle broke out as bad-mannered shoppers packed the store for a bank holiday Monday promotion featuring the stars of the smash-hit American cartoon series.

Anthony Russell, of Waterlooville, said some people behaved worse than football hooligans.

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He said: ‘There was punching and kicking and someone knocked one of the toys out of my hand. It was a nightmare.’

The shop was unable to keep up with demand as the 250 toy turtles sold out within minutes.