Portugal youths in beach rampage

Some 500 youths, mainly teenagers, have raided a popular beach near Lisbon spreading panic among beachgoers and mugging a large number of people. Carcavelos beach, 15km (10 miles) west of the Portuguese capital, was crowded on Friday because the country was celebrating a national holiday. Policemen in riot gear were confronted by gangs and struggled to restore calm, making four arrests. The attackers are believed to come from some of the capital's poorest suburbs. "Small groups of youngsters aged 12 to 20 assembled and robbed en masse those they found on the beach," a local cafe owner, Helder Gabriel, told AFP news agency.