Two brothers whose behaviour drove a resident to contemplate suicide have been given ASBOs banning them from being in public together.So, why are the parents not in the dock alongside them? Why are they allowed to remain in (nominal) charge of these young thugs in the making?
Police said Dylan Hibbert, 14, and his younger brother Scott, 13, were responsible for smashing up cars, throwing fireworks in drain pipes, swearing and spitting at members of the public.
Community beat manager PC Louise Briggs said it was a case of ‘intense intimidation’ which ASBO prosecutors described as amongst the worst they had seen.
They are now banned from acting or inciting others to act in an anti-social behaviour, which includes making hand gestures, using abusive, intimidating, threatening or racist language, being drunk in public.Somehow, I rather doubt the presence of parents so evidently feckless and uncaring is going to make them think twice about getting up to their old tricks…
They cannot be in public together unless with their parents and have 8pm until 5am curfews.
And once again, as with the previous case of the two girls, we see the utter uselessness of ASBOs banning them from doing things that are already against the law. All these do is reinforce the helplessness of the justice system when faced with incorrigibility.
Isn't it time we brought back the Borstal system?