Anti Social Behaviour

The Withdrawal Of Neighbourhood Policing Is Leaving Criminals In Charge

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK
Bob Morgan

That an old person is too frightened to collect their pension or that a child has to pass active drug dealers on the way to primary school is not recorded in the figures and the politicians and senior police officers don't know or care about it. The more police withdraw from neighbourhoods - especially the most vulnerable ones - the more they are failing in their most basic of duties - to make communities safer.

Smacking Children 'Affects Their Mental Health'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents

Parents using smacking as a form of discipline could be affecting their child's mental health, a psychiatrist has claimed. Dr Ronald W. Pies, prof...

Does Innovation Lead to Hibernation?

Jared Joffe | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Tech
Jared Joffe

On my commute to work this morning I overheard the start of a friendly debate between a young woman in her early 20's and an older man in his late 60's. They were talking about technology, and he asked her if she truly thought it had made our world a better place.

Why Do Children Drink More in the North East?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Kids are bored. Drinking is cheap. Cheaper than anything else on offer around them leisure-wise by far. And it's sad. Because it wouldn't cost the earth. If kids want to knock about a coffee shop of an evening in London then they can. Because they are open past six o'clock. Why can't we do that for our young people in the North East?

APPG on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade Report "Shifting the Burden" Increases Violence Against Women

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Jacobs

Women in the sex trade who are injecting drug users are the worst hit by their sex purchase ban. No harm reduction (condoms, lubrication etc.) for sex workers or drug users (needle exchanges) is provided in Sweden as it is erroneously believed to encourage sex work and drug use...

Watching Football With the Enemy?

Stuart Forster | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Sport
Stuart Forster

Try shouting out in support of your team in the wrong end of a stadium, in the section dominated by fans of the opposition, and you run the risk of being threatened. It's likely you'll be marched out of the ground by stewards. It could even be worse.

'Hard-Working People': More Than Just A Slogan

Lord Foulkes | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Foulkes

The Conservatives, facing up to the toxicity of their brand, have been trying to convince the electorate that they care about "ordinary families". Imagine, then, my surprise when last December the Government opposed an amendment I had tabled to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

The Government Tried To Make Being 'Annoying' Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Are you really annoying? If so, good news, you can carry on irritating people without fear of arrest. The coalition wants to replace Labour's anti-soc...

New Asbo-style Bill Menaces Free Expression

Peter Tatchell | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Last year, the government was outvoted in parliament. Against minister's wishes, MPs repealed the section of the Public Order Act 1986 that outlawed "insults"; deeming it to be too sweeping and a threat to freedom of expression. This year, in apparent revenge, the government has, in effect, reintroduced in the insult prohibition under another name.

I Know I'm an Annoying Nuisance, But Should It Be a Crime?

Mike Judge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Judge

You might also think I'm a bit of a nuisance. But surely annoyance and nuisance isn't a police matter. Well, it's about to be. The Government is introducing a sweeping new anti-social behaviour law, with a very low threshold indeed. It's one of those threats to free speech which unites fierce opponents (even you and me).

Nag Your MP to Save Your Freedom to Protest

Jonathan Lindsell | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Lindsell

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill poses dangers to civil liberty: freedoms of protest and of association are threatened.

Bid To Ban Spitting Backed By MPs

PA | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

MPs have backed a council's bid to ban spitting on the streets and make it a criminal offence. Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pick...

Corporate Social Irresponsibility

Harry Freedman | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK
Harry Freedman

It seems that every day another company hits the headlines for behaving badly. The offences vary, it can be multinationals avoiding tax, banks wrecking the economy, energy giants polluting the environment, utilities price fixing, tech companies passing consumer data to governments or many other things.

The New Anti-Social Behaviour Bill Risks Criminalising Children for Being Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

While there are some elements in the new bill that would improve how anti-social behaviour is tackled, The Children's Society is very disappointed that the government has in fact worsened anti-social behaviour measures for children. We fear that the measures could seriously affect the way children go about living their everyday lives.

Why Schools Can Be About More Than Just Academics

Lady Edwina Grosvenor | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Lady Edwina Grosvenor

My point is, if our schools are to remain more than institutions of academia, if we want them to remain the backbone of our communities and a moral compass as well as an educational one, then we need to open up our schools to the support and involvement of local communities and organizations looking to do just that.

New Driving Fines For Middle Lane Road Hogs

PA | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK

Drivers who hog the middle lane or tailgate other cars face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licence under plans unveiled today. ...

Alcoholic Children: Britain's Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We have created a nation of children who have grown up around massive alcohol consumption. Huge. For at least the past eight years social networking has made it irrelevant whether it takes place in their own home or not. Everyone has a platform to share learned behaviour with susceptible peers.

The Queen's Speech and Its Hidden Impact on Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

If you'd listened to the Queen's Speech, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the government's agenda for the next year isn't going to have a big impact on children. But changes to immigration, anti-social behaviour measures and the care system will all make a real difference - both positive and negative - to some of the most vulnerable children in the UK

'Troubled Families' Scheme to Get People Back Into Work A 'Success' Say Ministers

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Politics

A government programme to help get people back into work and tackle problems such as anti-social behaviour is ahead of schedule at the end of its firs...

Is Enough Being Done To Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Tom Moseley | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

Low-level anti-social behaviour "crushes lives" and "breeds criminality", MPs have warned. The Home Affairs Select Committee said the government's ...

Professor Guilty Of 'Polite Graffiti' Wrecking Spree

PA | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK

A university professor has been convicted of scrawling polite graffiti on luxury cars causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. Stephen Graham, ...

Troubled Families? Or Troubled Stats?

Hayley Meachin | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

When the wider provision of support for vulnerable children and families is under systemic assault from the decimation of central and local government budgets, some old recycled statistics and 16 isolated families do not merit a reason to be cheerful.

Football Crazy - Why I Blame the Parents

Steve McKevitt | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Sport
Steve McKevitt

It was Sunday afternoon. I was cold, wet and bored. And a 13-year-old boy had just called me a 'f***ing b*stard'... This is the kind of behaviour, completely unacceptable in the real world, that passes for normal in the world of kids' football.

What are the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections About?

Vera Baird QC | Posted 23.12.2012 | UK Politics
Vera Baird QC

These elections can bring new policing horizons and Labour should fight them keenly.

Police 'Herding Truants Out Of Bed' Under Local Scheme

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Police in Wiltshire are cracking down on truants by herding them out of bed and driving them to school in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour. Th...