A small victory for local justice with the news that Anti-social behaviour orders have been handed out to five youths responsible for numerous acts of anti-social behaviour in Newington, in a civil case brought by the Thanet District Council and supported by Kent Police, on behalf of the Thanet Community Safety Partnership.
"The case is the largest multi-ASBO application in Kent, with the partnership gathering evidence over the last year from CCTV footage, along with statements from witnesses, who include police officers, police community support officers and the council’s community wardens. The group were members of a gang 'The Newington Massif' on the Newington estate, who were responsible for a series of incidents, which included harassment, intimidation, threatening and abusive behaviour, throwing missiles, vandalism and criminal damage."
I'm sure that many readers would have liked to have seen much stiffer penalties delivered to this gang of young thugs than the ASBOs and what I would like to write and what I can write write about the subject, as a local councillor, deeply concerned about the worrying decline in our criminal justice system, are two rather different things!
None-the-less, we can at least be pleased that a level of sanction was delivered, and my colleague, Cllr. Zita Wiltshire, Cabinet Member for Community Services illustrates our collective concerns when she said: "I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved in helping the council and Kent Police to achieve this excellent result. We’re committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in Thanet to ensure that the area is a safe place to live, work and visit. This gang was making life miserable for residents on the Newington estate and we’ve worked hard – and very closely – with local residents to help bring that gang culture to an end. It has taken a long time to get this result, but now that we have got a result, it should help to improve people’s lives on the Newington estate.”
In a second story, A Ramsgate man has been ordered to pay £25,000 in damages and interest and almost £4,000 in costs, following a long-running case over the use of a garden to keep scrap cars.
You and I might think that turning one's garden into a repository for rusting vehicles a little unreasonable but in cases like this one, it takes a great deal of effort and public money to persuade one individual that collecting scrap in this manner is unlikely to impress either one's neighbours or the local council.