Gangs involved in anti social behaviour throughout the UK have complained that police are not taking ASB seriously, there are not enough police on the beat to deal with ASB and ‘cutting their numbers will be a mistake’ says an influential police lookout.
In the most damning criticism of policing so far, gang leaders have condemned police inaction, pointing out that taking too long in responding to mindless acts of vandalism is seriously undermining any point in carrying out other petty acts they may have lined up for later.
‘It’s all right for them, they don’t have to live here’ said Jayfree, a crew member from Toxteth
There is growing concern amongst gang leaders that some of the older crew members have had to resort to being ‘nothing but a bloody nuisance again ,just like when they were kids’ and feel unable to progress to the next level of mindless violence and drug dealing.
‘I blame the parents’ said Jayfree ‘most of them don’t know what their kids get up to at night. They think they are out on the beat catching burglars and stuff. They would be ashamed if they knew their kids were sitting around in cars playing Bubble Cute and following Cheryl Cole on twitter.’
There are claims that children as old as 6 -7 are still unable to hot wire a car in under 60 seconds and now have fewer opportunities than ever before to break into a pensioners flat, abuse them and leave them too terrified to go out.
‘It’s serious man’ said Jayfree ‘knocking on doors and running away is a lark, but not when you’re like 19 or 20. It’s a bit degrading really. A lot of the crew used to freebase on crack cocaine and drink vodka shots up at the kid’s playground but it’s not worth it now the police have moved on. You can’t go up there these days without being left completely alone’.
There is a genuine fear amongst social workers that if police neglect the spiral of economic and social decline altogether, many gang members will simply give up being a nuisance and start looking for a job.
‘This job is hard enough as it is’ offered one social worker ‘at least if gangs are busy looting the shopping mall and robbing shoppers we know where they are. But if they were to start getting proper jobs and working all over the place who knows what might happen’.
Police criticised for giving up on anti social behaviour
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