July 14th, 2009

A Clip round the Ear

Posted in The Job - General by 200

The Tory party have come up with an answer to antisocial behaviour.

Police should have the power to temporarily confiscate antisocial youths’ mobiles phones & bikes.

Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary said: “If we are to deter potential troublemakers, the consequences they face have to be relevant to the lives they lead, and to be immediate. Otherwise why would they stop what they are doing?

“I’d like to see police given the power to confiscate, temporarily, a young troublemaker’s mobile phone, removing their sim card, with all their mobile numbers and text messages on it, for a fortnight or a month; not permanently, but long enough to make a point.

Grayling said that punishing antisocial behaviour in this way was the equivalent of the “21st century clip round the ear”.

I think this one has legs. I’ve long thought that there should be more to dealing with ferral youths than looking at hem sternly & threatening to tell their mother. Personally, if I caught someone damaging something, I’d go round his bedroom, take his most prized possession & stamp it into dust in front of him. If he was caught nicking, I’d grab stuff to triple the value & flog it on eBay & give the proceeds to the victim.

One thing’s for sure, if we confiscate their mobile phones it will cut the level of ‘threats by text’ crimes at a stroke as nobody would be able to send threats & nobody would be able to receive them & report it to the old bill.

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8 comments

  1. bill says:

    Which planet DO these people live on?

    July 15th, 2009 at 02:05

  2. Linda Baki says:

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    I think this one has legs. I’ve long thought that there should be more to dealing with ferral youths than looking at hem sternly & threatening to tell their mother. Personally, if I caught someone damaging something, I’d go round his bedroom, take his most prized possession & stamp it into dust in front of him. If he was caught nicking, I’d grab stuff to triple the value & flog it on eBay & give the proceeds to the victim.

    xxxxxxx

    ,,,,,,and get stabbed for your trouble. I do not know what the answer is but the softly softly approach will not work. That dear little Jones boy who was shot for no reason still weighs heavy on my mind.

    July 15th, 2009 at 09:33

  3. Matthew Cain says:

    Frances Crook of the Howard League has dismissed it as headline grabbing. All a bit New Labour http://www.howardleague.org/francescrookblog/headline-grabbing

    July 15th, 2009 at 10:23

  4. Jabadaw says:

    Frances Cook does have a point doesn’t she? However my wife has long promulgated the view that a yob’s personal belongings should be confiscated and sold to provide restitution to his of her victims.

    Consequences? Now that may just be a deterrent!

    Keep up this excellent blog.

    July 15th, 2009 at 12:36

  5. Itwasntme says:

    I don’t think this will work. It’ll merely increase thefts of mobile phones. You don’t actually think they’ll go without do you? They’ll either claim on insurance for a new phone, then make a profit on the old one when they get it back, or just go and steal someone else’s phone.

    July 15th, 2009 at 20:01

  6. Tony F says:

    Hang the little bastards.

    July 15th, 2009 at 20:18

  7. MarkUK says:

    On a different but slightly related topic, did you hear the comments made by the father of Jamie Neal, the 19 yo who got lost in the Australian Outback (sometimes known as the GABA – Great Australian Bugger All)?

    After promising that he would “kick his backside”, he made the comment that the son must be the only teenager in the world who doesn’t take his mobile with him when he goes for a walk.

    July 15th, 2009 at 20:31

  8. Blueknight says:

    It is a throwaway comment that sounds great until you realise the practical problems.

    Under what circumstances will the Police be able to seize a phone? There will need to be a power of search attached
    and maybe a power of entry
    How will the Police know that the phone said yob is carrying is actually his and not one his friend has lent him?
    If it is his friend’s phone would that matter?

    I am thinking of all the problems that were caused for a while when someone decided that we could not seize alcohol from under 18s if the bottle/tin was not open. (16yr old in the park with a crate of beer, seize the one he was drinking – and let him keep the rest)Luckily that idea was changed

    July 15th, 2009 at 22:27

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