10.8m Britons victims of teen yobs on streets
ONE in four adults claim to have been physically or verbally intimidated by teenagers in Yob Britain.
And almost one in five have stayed at home in the evening rather than face intimidation from youths.
Latest research reveals an increased climate of fear, with knife crime among youths rising fast over the past year,.
“It is a dreadful state of affairs where many people feel intimidated by, and frightened of, teenagers,” said Nick Moulton, of the charity TS Rebel, which carried out the survey.
Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said: “Fear of crime is rising because violent crime has risen. We have the highest level of assaults in Europe and have witnessed a tragic surge in fatal stabbings.
“The Government needs to stop spinning the crime statistics and get a grip of the problem.”
TS Rebel, a charity working with children, surveyed almost 2,000 adults. Twenty-three per cent claimed to have been physically or verbally intimidated by teenagers in the past 12 months.
If that figure were applied across the adult population of Britain, it would mean 10.8million had been victims of intimidation by teenagers in the past year, with some 6.19million victims on more than one occasion. And 19 per cent of adults claim that since July last year there have been occasions when they have decided not to go out in the evening because of the possibility of being intimidated by youngsters.
This is equivalent to 8.8million of the total adult population.
Margaret Morrissey, who founded the campaign group Parents Outloud, said it is no surprise that youngsters behave in the way they do given the bad behaviour of many role models.
Referring to the controversy over Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s BBC radio broadcast, she said: “It is a very appropriate time to have this survey because the debacle of the past few days is teaching young people how to be rude and behave badly. It has been a prime example of what is happening.
“Of course these young people are wrong and have to be stopped, but I blame people like Jonathan Ross and all these others who think being rude is funny.
“Without proper role models, how do we expect our young people to behave? I would be interested to hear what Gordon Brown and David Cameron think of this survey.”
Mr Moulton added: “We need to find ways with which to set a better example to today’s youth and encourage them to take a more positive and rewarding route in life. We believe that at the heart of this should be sporting activities and other opportunities structured around physical exercise that provide young people with discipline and allow them to gain self-confidence and self-respect.”
People of all ages claim to have been physically or verbally threatened by a young person over the past year. Some 29 per cent of those aged 25 to 34 say this has happened to them – the highest for any age group.
Nearly one in five over 55 also say that they have been a victim in the past 12 months. Those aged 45 and over are most likely to have cancelled going out in an evening and stayed in their homes because of fear of intimidation.