The young man (Evren Anil, 23) in the picture above was killed, by youths, for having the guts to stand up to their anti-social behaviour. The youths threw a half-eaten chocolate bar through his car window as he sat at traffic lights. When Evren confronted the youths a knife was held to his throat before he was punched to the ground, fatally banging his head on the concrete. Evren was an example to today's young men, he worked hard at his education and gained a first class honours degree in computer sciences, he was a keen sportsman and tutored children at weekends. This fine young man's promising life was cut short not by war or by terrorism, but by youths.
Death on our streets at the hands of gun and knife carrying youths is becoming a far too common occurrence. There have been calls to give the police greater stop and search powers to combat terrorism. I think it is quite obvious that people are more worried about what our youths a capable of than any terrorist threat. It is also quite clear that you stand a greater chance of being harmed or killed by a teenager than you do by a terrorist. The police need to be given powers to combat the growing trend in our youths anti-social behaviour. In fact, it has gone beyond anti-social behaviour and has become a outright violent disregard for a peaceful and moral society.
Of the 3,500 Asbos (Antisocial behaviour orders) handed out in England and Wales in 2004-05 (a 60 per cent rise on the figures for 2003-2004) 55% are broken. Each Asbo issued costs the tax payer £3100, which means, of the £10,850,000 spent on Asbo administration £5,967,500 is being wasted.The NAO (National Audit Office) questions the effectiveness of the policy, saying that more than half of all antisocial behaviour is carried out by: "a hard core of perpetrators for whom interventions had limited impact". The NAO figures show that the average offender breaks the conditions of their Asbo four times, with one offender breaking the conditions of his order 25 times.
We now have a generation of kids who have no respect for the law, their parents or their school teachers. Unfortunately some of the young parents of these children are no better and it's only going to get worse unless something is done about it. For a start we could give the Police the powers to deal with groups of yobs. Curfews and dispersal orders in New York reduced crime by a staggering 55%, surely this would be a great initiative that could be easily implemented in our country. We need to stop pussy-footing about and give the police the powers they require to regain control of our streets. We need to make sure that youths are 100% clear that if they carry weapons they will be severely punished.
We need to tackle the real terror on our streets - lawless youth.
UPDATE Another similar story in the Daily Mail today:
A gang of youths viciously attacked a young father and left him for dead after refusing to buy them alcohol, a court has heard. Lee Harris, 29, was found to have blood inside his skill on the surface of his brain and was kept in a drug induced coma for a month following the savage attack.
Jamie Taylor, 18, Inskip Terrace, Gateshead, and Shaun Armstrong, 17, of Edgeware Road, Deckham, Gateshead, admitted causing grievous bodily harm. Taylor was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute and Armstrong was sentenced to 12 months detention and training.
12 Months! Is that what a so called 'Judge' thinks is a fitting punishment for trying to kick a man to death? If this man had attacked one of those youths, kicking and jumping on their head, what sentence would he have received?