After kicking-up a fuss with both the Chief Constable and The Prime Minister, I have a meeting with the police tomorrow to discuss, among other things, the control of alcohol on our streets.
Figures released in the papers today reveal an alcohol abuse crisis among children and show a 40 per cent rise in the number of under-age drinkers in treatment in just one year , thanks, experts say, to the example of so-called hard-living celebrities.
If it's not alcohol, then its drugs and this worries me even more, given that 50% of all crime in the UK is committed by around 200,000 drug addicts. Last week's conference on Organised Crime that I chaired, showed me how the peddling influence of "Yardy" gangs is increasingly 'reaching-out' in our direction and so I was appalled to see an email from one of our readers this morning, making an allegation of open dealing in Westgate's Station road last night, among up to 20 youths and after the police had attempted moved them on and left.
This being Britain in the 21st century and as a simple ward councillor, I'm not expecting miracles, just a polite hearing as we have a successful programme of partnership between the council and the Police in regard to the tackling of anti-social behaviour in Thanet. However, if you have any local experiences of this kind you would like to share, either as a comment or by emailing me - see sidebar - in confidence, then I'm happy to include it as material for discussion.