Police prepare for Phillies celebrations

    Philadelphia Police are preparing to make sure the party doesnt turn into headaches for merchants.

    A Phillies win tonight over the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the National League Championship Series could bring celebrations to the streets. Philadelphia Police are preparing to make sure the party doesn’t turn into headaches for merchants.

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    When the Phils won the World Series at Citizen’s Bank Park last October, fans toppled light poles, smashed bus stops, set trees on fire and broke windows along Broad street Center City. The revelry resulted in about 70 arrests.

    Philadelphia police spokesman Lieutenant Frank Vanore says even though the Phillies are seeking a return the World Series, city and state police will be out at the usual gathering spots in South Philadelphia and the Northeast.

    Vanore: We’re just hoping, the old hot spots, we keep them in check and then of course the most recent revelation last year in Center City with the college students, we’re really hoping and trying to discourage that from reoccurring. We welcome people to celebrate but they don’t need to come downtown and cause mayhem.

    Vanore says the colleges in the city will also step up patrols on campus.

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