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Philadelphia’s anti-flash mob curfew extended two weeks

Philadelphia’s earlier curfew for parts of the city will continue through two more weeks.  

Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman Mark McDonald said the 9 p.m. weekend curfew that began on August 12th for Center City and University City will continue until the start of the school year.

“The coming weekend and the following Labor Day weekend the curfew in University City and Center City will be an hour earlier than the regular summertime curfew and the mayor has used this as part of an approach to deal with flash mobs and youth violence,” said McDonald.

After Labor Day, McDonald said the school year curfew will kick in.

“For young folks under the age of 13, during the week they have to be in by 9 O’clock and on the weekend which is defined as Friday and Saturday nights they have to be in by 10,” said McDonald.  “Older minors those 17 and under they have to be in by 10:30 during the week and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.”

McDonald said it’s costing Philadelphia $56,000 each weekend to continue extra patrols to enforce the curfew.

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