Pugh raps coun­cil over ‘feral’ youths in town

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ate with one hand be­hind their back.

“Hard pressed cop­pers can only be in one place at a time.

“Even in­tro­duc­ing a dis­per­sal zone has man­power im­pli­ca­tions and in any case only ap­plies to over 16-year-olds. This is ex­actly the sort of is­sue that needs to be bot­tomed out at the South­port Area Com­mit­tee where the po­lice rou­tinely ex­plain their sit­u­a­tion to South­port’s elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“How­ever, un­be­liev­ably like the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion and court, the South­port Area Com­mit­tee is for the chop.

“A record of poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the Liverpool city re­gion has made it dif­fi­cult for us to as­sess the prob­lems we face in South­port, let alone ad­dress and col­lec­tively over­come them.

“Even the of­fi­cial col- lec­tion and pub­li­ca­tion of statis­tics on a town or com­mu­nity ba­sis has been sharply re­duced.

“We need a col­lec­tive com­mu­nity re­sponse to this prob­lem, but bit by bit all the com­mu­nity in­sti­tu­tions we need are be­ing ditched. “

John Pugh says the loss of the South­port Area Com­mit­tee will make it harder to is­sues that should be dealt with lo­cally

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