Rubbish and riff raff

A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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On this day in 1963 a correspondent in the Evening News complained that Milton Locks had become ‘a meeting place of rubbish and riff raff’.

It was alleged that gangs of scooter and motorcycle-riding youths swore and committed acts of hooliganism and that gang fights were ‘a nightly occurrence’.

The writer said that six scooters were speeding along Locksway Road at 60mph, pursued by a police motorcyclist and the pillion riders ‘threw explosive fireworks back at the policeman’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.