At 1800 hrs tonight, the 19th of March 2004, a piece of history was made when it was declared that
police could use new powers to declare an exclusion zone or 'designated area' in areas
which are suffering from anti social behaviour. Southdene has been chosen to be the first
working class area in the UK to try out the latest experiment to stop anti social crime.
of the 'Designated Area' will initially encompass the shops at
Park Brow, with the junction of Broad Lane, and also Roughdale Avenue in Kirkby,
where the Mother and Baby unit is situated. The new powers will enable police to
stop any more than two youths from congregating, and give officers additional powers
to make arrests. The designated area was authorised by Merseyside Police and is
supported by Knowsley's Joint Agency Group, which along with Merseyside Police
consists of Knowsley Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and the local Youth Offending
and Drug and Alcohol Action Teams. The Drug Action and Alcohol teams seem to have
done little here in Kirkby which has a very high incidence of alcoholics and drug
addicts. We reward drug addiction and alcohol dependency by giving the 'victims'
top rates of benefits. Local smack-heads get more benefits than our local pensioners
or even victims of cancer and other REAL illnesses. No wonder Kirkby's falling apart.
No wonder England's falling apart.
can deny that some of the gangs there need sorting out. The
attack which was the final straw for local police was the threat by the
local youth to firebomb a mother and baby unit. But the area itself has
been plagued by an onslaught of anti social crime which is far too
extensive to list here. Some of the crime includes bricking buses,
taxis, ambulances, fire engines and ordinary cars. Grown men have
been jumped and almost killed by packs of teenagers. Windows are
smashed, cars stolen; people victimised and left in fear. The
community itself is in fear from the minority who live amongst
us. Kirkby Police, a few years back, saw a man stabbed to death
right outside the station. We have had several murders since and
dozens of vicious beatings never reported by the Echo, nor archived
on the Police's own website.
is the Neighbourhood
Support Inspector for Tower Hill, Northwood, Kirkby Central, Knowsley North Industrial
Estate, Westvale, Whitefield, Southdene, Field Lane, and Melling Mount. On 19 March
2004, he had the following to say to the Liverpool Echo……….
"I will work to use the new legislation to create a zone around the unit
[mother and baby unit] and the nearby houses where youth congregate. It
will allow my officers to disperse groups of youths and issue orders
banning then from returning within 24hrs"
He also added "If we catch
them again, we can arrest them"
Survival of the fittest.
legislation is similar to the old 'sus' laws which gave the police powers
to declare areas as 'stop & search zones' if they anticipated that 'serious incidents
of violence' may take place. Whilst no-one is complaining about a gang being excluded
from harassing the community, there is a wider political implication to this
legislation as it could also be used in a political manner to suppress
protests. Often the government will use social problems to bring about
more laws which stop the rights of crowds to lawfully gather. It also
shows the failure of the council to actually stop the anti social behaviour
at an early age. The appalling lack of youth facilities and the generation
gap between the councillors and the youth does not help matters. Political
apathy has seen the community gradually sink into a survival of the
fittest or 'look after No 1' mentality where the 'baddies', not local
politicians or community leaders, are the role models for a lot of
our kids. This latest piece of legislation simply proves that the
police are becoming more and more stretched. The mobile prison is
an exercise in spin-doctoring, it's not as if the police are going
to be that busy nicking people that they actually need it. New
Labour have a passion for creating mobile offices, we have mobile
police cells, mobile job centres, mobile clinics and mobile teen
heath centres driving around and parking up every so often. The
police can always open up the cells at Kirkby Police Station
if they catch enough people.
Police mopping up after failed political initiatives.
The local Labourites,
with their politically correct 'reward the bad' schemes
are not helping the police much; the police spend most of their time 'mopping up'
after failed political initiatives which lead to more social problems. The problem
of the Mum and Baby Unit could have been tackled easily by any councillor with
genuine support and a presence in the community; why, we may ask, did local
councillors not take the initiative and visit places where vulnerable people
reside? These councillors only knock when they want our vote. You would like
to hope that locals themselves could have stopped the attacks, even if it
meant slapping a few of the ringleaders. Of course that would be illegal,
but even the police would admit that sometimes the law itself needs breaking
when a crisis presents itself. When it comes to youth or anyone else threatening
to firebomb mothers and babies, they deserve a good hiding. If every decent
person in Kirkby stood side by side, we would crush those messing up our community.
The lowlife threatening our elderly and our women and kids have got to be tackled
at ALL levels of society from the cheating swindling lying politicians to the La
Coste track-suited 13 year rebel without a cause who wants to fight the world
beginning with his neighbours.
The money was there to solve these problems.
has documented the manner in which Millions of pounds in
Kirkby have simply vanished without any accountability from the local community
leaders. Those locals who were involved with the likes of Northwood SRB money
have a lot of explaining to do. From the £14,000 Northwood Community Garden
at Northwood house, to the non declaration of going concerns and businesses
by people who have had massive payments from the SRB funds. This money has
been diverted from the socially vulnerable and the needy. Unless our local
politicians and community leaders can show accountability when millions
of pounds of public money is concerned, the so called 'War on Yobs' as
the Echo termed it, is hypocritical. If grown adults can't show social
responsibility, then do we really expect our kids to?
comments are welcome.