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Police Unveil New Weapon Against Soccer Hooligans

May 9, 1985

LONDON (AP) _ Government scientists Wednesday unveiled a new weapon against the rising tide of soccer crowd hooliganism - a van equipped with a powerful night-vision camera.

The vehicle, dubbed ″the hoolivan,″ has a revolving rooftop camera which can film hooligans in closeup from 150 yards away, even in the dark. The film is admissible as evidence in court cases.

The van has been tested at five soccer fields, and police said they were eager to buy it, believing that its presence at games could deter violence.

A spate of riots at soccer matches has caused the government deep concern, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has promised tough counter-measure s.

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