Groups of up to 80 teenagers have been drinking, smoking and playing football on Hove Lawns this week, angering residents who have branded them “stupid little idiots”.
Labour councillor for the area Chris Henry said police and the city council are “powerless” to tackle the groups, who have been meeting amid coronavirus restrictions.Why are they 'powerless'? Even Essex Police have managed to get off their lazy backsides and halt gatherings.
And the Met show a hell of a lot of power when they are demanding people stop singing in public, after all.
What makes Hove police so meek?
On Thursday, he said: “Today I had a conference call with the chief executive of the council and executive officers. I asked specifically about Hove Lawns and the startling and sudden increase in young people congregating together. Unfortunately the police and council are powerless to stop this.
“The council had considered marshals patrolling the area but felt they would be ignored and would merely inflame the situation. I asked that high visibility signs be erected to at least warn and remind the groups why social distancing is important.”So....basically, they aren't prepared to do the job they are paid for?
If my windowcleaner turns up on Tuesday and announces he'll only do the ground floor windows, but expects to be paid the same, he'll get short shrift. In what way is this different?
The representative for Westbourne Ward has appealed to residents to help with ideas to tackle the issue.I'm not a resident, but I've got a few. Think he'd like to hear them?
Speaking about the youths, he said: “I sympathise with them, they’ve been cooped up for 12 weeks with no school.
“The sun has come out and they have been told they’re low risk. We should not demonise the children, it’s understandable.
“I’m asking the community how do we allow them to get fresh air and exercise?”How about a few months on a chain gang?