A Guardian story today reveals that police are asking for powers that Police are pressing ministers for radical new powers to dispense instant justice, including the immediate exclusion of "yobs" from town centres at night, and bans on street gang members associating with each other.
Senior officers say the powers would be the "modern equivalent of a clip round the ear from the local bobby" and would ensure the introduction of neighbourhood policing across England and Wales has "bite" and meets public expectations.
This story caught my eye if only because I was in Broadstairs late yesterday evening and the sheer number of teenagers out and about caught my eye. The great majority were enjoying themselves without creating problems for anyone else but I did spot two large groups of boys around fifteen to sixteen years or age, one of which was milling around one of the side roads and forced me and another motorist to stop our car until the ‘whirlwind’ had moved on past .
What do Broadstairs residents think. Was this just an isolated example of Folk Week or something more regular?