Scores of young Australians suffered fractured arms and legs in Sydney on Thursday (2 December) at a pop concert.
GV Screaming girls and girls massing around concert hall as police move in (3 shots)
GV Bay City Rollers on stage
SVs Hysterical girls being carried away by ambulancemen (3 shots)
SCU Girl being treated
SVs Hysterical girls being carried into treatment room (3 shots)
SV Girls being carried to ambulance (2 shots)
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Background: Scores of young Australians suffered fractured arms and legs in Sydney on Thursday (2 December) at a pop concert. They were the latest victims of what is being called Bay City Rollermania.
SYNOPSIS: At recent concerts in Sydney, thousands of teenagers jostled with one another for the chance to see their pop idols, the Bay City Rollers of Britain. And after riots involving hundreds of Bay City fans, ambulances have had to run shuttle services to hospitals. As the Rollers performed at one concert in Sydney, 3,000 screaming fans, aged eight to 18 and wearing Bay City gear, stopped the performance four times. Officials pleaded with them to stop storming the stage and Police had to link arms in front of the stage to prevent the fans, mostly girls, from reaching the Bay City boys.
Scores of girls suffered fractured arms and legs in their wild stampede to reach the stage. The foyer of the auditorium where the concert was held resembled a casualty ward, with scores of screaming fans rolling on the floor after being hauled out by Police and ambulancemen. Some appeared to be suffering from a form of vomiting induced by too much kangaroo-hopping and general hysteria. Police say they will allow Bay City Rollers concerts to continue but they are fearful that someone will be killed if the hysteria does not stop.