10.8m Bri­tons vic­tims of teen yobs on streets

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Tom White­head Home Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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