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By Richard Edwards Crime Correspondent POLICE have lost control of the streets, the forces’ watchdog warned last week, as figures showed that an estimated 14million incidents of antisocial behaviour take place each year — one every two seconds.
sliding scale of grief”, Sir Denis added, made worse by police sometimes seeing them as being part of the problem.
Officials believed that only a quarter of all incidents, about 3.5million, were actually reported and Sir Denis said there had been a “degree of normalisation” around people dropping litter, drunken behaviour and vandalism that should not be accepted.
Sir Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, said the rowdy and abusive behaviour of yobs was a “disease” within communities that had been allowed to “fester” because police have retreated from the streets in the past two decades.
‘Yobs in the high street? Thanks for warning us, we were about to walk there’
Senior officers have been accused of failing to make antisocial behaviour a priority after a series of high-profile cases, including that of Fiona Pilkington, 38, who killed herself and her disabled daughter in October 2007 after years of abuse from yobs.
In a report, he claimed that forces had been guilty of chasing crime statistics and targets and ignoring antisocial behaviour or “screening out” 999 calls because it was deemed “not real police work”.
“We all want civility restored to society and the public rely heavily on the police to help this happen. But the police cannot do this on their own,” Sir Denis said.
“The public won’t tackle antisocial behaviour on the streets while they fear reprisals. Perpetrators need to know they are wrecking lives, the results can be tragic and that they will get swift action from the authorities if the public call for help.”
Earlier this year, Sir Denis disclosed that just one in 10 police officers was free to tackle crime at any given time because the vast majority were either off work or tied up on other duties.
In last week’s report, he said the “retreat” of beat policemen since the 1990s had been a “mistake that had undermined their connection with the public, and allowed some of these things to gather momentum”. The growing “intensity and harm” of antisocial behaviour in Britain signalled a “lack of control on our streets”, he said.
Sir Denis said the shortcomings often arose because antisocial behaviour lacked the same “status” as crime to police officers driven by central targets.
“For almost 20 years the police record of accomplishment and failure has been expressed, increasingly strongly, in terms of crime statistics,” he said.
The report, entitled Stop the Rot, disclosed the scale of the problem. About 45 per cent of all calls made to the police in the past year were about antisocial behaviour, the vast majority related to disorderly behaviour, the joint study by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ipsos MORI and Cardiff University found.
More than two thirds of forces did not even know when they were dealing with a repeat victim of intimidation when they called, the report said. For the victims, it was “a
“Meanwhile, the ‘nonqualifying’ antisocial behaviour issue and its variants, that signal lack of control on our streets, have grown and evolved in intensity and harm.”
The chief inspector said an “early intervention” approach was essential.
He criticised forces for “screening out” too many antisocial behaviour calls because of an apparent lack of resources.
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By Martin Evans and Ben Farmer in Kabul A BRITISH female aid worker has been kidnapped by suspected insurgents in Afghanistan.
The woman was seized at gunpoint along with three fellow workers, thought to be Afghans, as they were travelling in a convoy to visit an aid project in the Narang district of Kunar province.
The unnamed woman was believed to be working for Development Alternatives Inc, an American aid contracting firm that has offices throughout the world, including one in London.
The group was travelling between Asabad, the provincial capital and Jalalabad, in two vehicles, when they were stopped by gunmen.
The insurgents struck in the Spin Jumaat area of Sawakai district at about 11am on Sunday, according to Gen Abdus Saboor Allahyar, the local police chief. He said the workers had not informed police of their trip.
Along with the British woman, her guard, driver and another worker were also seized. A security official said the workers had wanted to attend the opening of a canal refurbishment project in the Narang district of Kunar.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office added: “We can confirm that a British national is missing in Afghanistan. We are working with other international agencies to urgently investigate these reports.”
THE British consulate in Australia is to sell several of its properties as part of costcutting measures that have seen 19 ambassadorial residences across the world sold in the past year.
The plush residences of the consuls general in Sydney and Melbourne and the residence of the deputy consul general in Melbourne will be put on the market next year. The diplomats will be expected to live in more modest city apartments, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Sydney residence in Vaucluse houses Richard Morris, the consul general, and his family, and is regularly used for official functions. With a swimming pool, two-car garage and views of Sydney Harbour, it is expected to fetch several million dollars.
By Adrian Blomfield in Jerusalem WORLD leaders have scrambled to save the Middle East peace talks from collapse after Israel refused to extend a ban on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank.
United States officials made frantic attempts to broker a deal but failed to make a breakthrough by the time the freeze, imposed 10 months ago, expired at midnight last Saturday.
With Palestinian leaders long insisting that they would leave the peace talks if the moratorium was not extended, the future of the negotiations appeared to be in jeopardy less than a month after they began in Washington.
The US State Department said it would “keep pushing for the talks to continue”.
Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, spoke to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, twice on Sunday. Mr Netanyahu appealed to the settlers to display “restraint and responsibility” once the moratorium expired.
On Sunday night he urged Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, to pursue “expedited, honest talks” to achieve a peace deal within a year. “Israel is ready to pursue continuous contacts in coming days to find a way to continue peace talks,” he said.
Addressing the UN General Assembly last Saturday, Mr Abbas urged Israel to “choose between peace and the continuation of settlements”.
As the Israeli and Palestinian delegations returned home, their chief negotiators remained in America at the request of
President Barack Obama, whose credibility in the Middle East is at stake if the talks collapse.
Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said there was still a “50/50” chance of “achieving a mutually agreed understanding”.
MrAbbas has also spoken of his desire to keep the talks alive, while pledging that the Palestinians will not resort to violence if they collapse. But as both sides tried to find a way out of the impasse, settlers raised a fresh challenge by symbolically resuming construction in the West Bank.
A bulldozer rumbled through the settlement of Kiryat Netafim, near the Palestinian city of Nablus, as the cornerstone of a new building was laid – the first of 2,000 the settlers hope to build.