Vexed Londoners wish Oasis would dry up

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Oasis yesterday announced dates and venues for the second half of their British tour, prompting glee from devoted fans and doubtful groans from police officers and local residents.

After the first series of concerts, most recently at Earls Court, London, opinions on the Gallagher brothers have polarised. Fans raved and are expected to show massive enthusiasm for the new events.

But those bearing the brunt of the crowds and their behaviour have been less complimentary, particularly after scenes at last weekend's London concert, when mounted police were called in to quell disturbances.

Beer cans were hurled and fans urinated in nearby gardens. A councillor was moved to comment: "The Gallagher brothers are foul-mouthed, vulgar, uncouth yobs and so are many of their fans." Nigel Roberts, who has lived in the area for five years, said: "They (the fans) were jumping over the railings of our communal garden and defecating on the grass."

Organisers said they may reconsider having the band back; in any case, their next London venue is Wembley Arena.

The dates in full are: Glasgow SECC, December 7 and 8; Cardiff Indoor Arena, December 10 and 11; Manchester G-Mex, December 13 and 14; Wembley Arena, December 16, 17, 18.