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You e-mailed us with your comments on the issues raised in Kenyon Confronts: Yobs: Busting the Ban.

The comments published reflect the balance of views we have received.

I am a teenager. I understand that youths should be punished when they do things that are wrong, but I also think that you'll find that the places named on the programme, namely Manchester, Southampton and Middlesbrough, do not have any thing else for the kids to do that are free. The main reason teenagers behave anti-socially is because they are bored.
Siobhan Aldridge

If they break the law, throw them in jail. No arguments, no "loopholes" in the law. Problem solved.

Many thanks for showing the programme. It's well past the time when something should be done about these boys and the others they hang about with.

I am 15 years old and angry at what a small minority of my generation is doing to the country
Jonathon Smith
Having just watched your programme on Asbos, I think that a worthwhile follow-up programme would be one in which you take a few of these persistent re-offenders, or perhaps even an inner-city school class, and put them on a healthy diet for a couple of months (if you could get them to eat one) and see whether their behaviour changes. I am convinced that poor diet is responsible for a good proportion of this kind of behaviour. There was a study recently in which prisons switched from "chips with everything" to a healthier diet and found a marked improvement in behaviour. The outcome could be fascinating. And who knows, if the outcome is positive, perhaps it could even have a knock-on effect and get schools to finally start feeding kids proper food. Keep up the good work.
Kari Koonin

I am 15 years old and angry at what a small minority of my generation is doing to the country. I believe that the people of my age should be given the power to fix the problem for ourselves in conjunction with the police. I think that this would be a better use of tax money than just throwing it at measures such as Asbos that don't appear to be working.
Jonathon Smith

Personally I feel that anyone breaching their Asbo should be dealt with more severely. I think some kind of modern tagging device should be used and offenders should be made to work for the community they are disrupting. An example would be that they are made to sweep roads, remove dog mess in parks or any kind of physical work which helps to improve the area. Too many people cheat the good, hard-working people out of things they deserve so I feel it is only right that their punishment should be to put back some of what they have taken.
C Trewhella

These yobs get away with far too much. They should be sent to prison after half a dozen offences, instead they're still roaming the streets having committed in excess of 60 offences. Furthermore, there should be an offence of "bad parenting". People bring children in to the world - it is their responsibility to bring them up properly.
Charlotte Lewis

How appalled I was to watch your programme but how right you are to show it
Lyn Hamilton, Bexhill On Sea
FANTASTIC programme. It's about time someone brought to the public notice that what used to be known as Great Britain is now YOB Britain. I am sure I am not the only one who is sick of the gangs of hooligans running the streets, defacing public property, stealing cars/bikes, and being able to get away with it due to "technicalities".

How appalled I was to watch your programme but how right you are to show it. I have a 14-year-old stepson and the reason he is not out with the local yobs on the street wrecking my car is because his father taught him right from wrong and disciplined him from day one. This does not make him any less loving or a strict father but a fantastic one whose son will grow up to be a fine young man.

How are you going to follow up your programme? I suggest sending the parents to a boot camp and put them on the receiving end of the youths' crimes and misdemeanours. Maybe then they will realise they should have disciplined their children to benefit the society they live in and benefit from it.
Lyn Hamilton, Bexhill On Sea

Enough is enough for the helpless victims of these criminals. Anyone found to have breached their Asbo should be sent to prison immediately for five years. This situation, which was unheard of when I was a young boy in the 1950s, is getting worse and worse as modern day society breaks down.
David Rayner

Isn't it a shame that someone cannot get close to these kids BEFORE they start to cause any trouble. If only someone could show them that some adults do care for them, and are interested in them as individuals, then we might be able to stop the actions going too far.

The programme this evening has certainly proved that no matter what bans or orders are put forward by the courts, these youths just laugh at them as they know the authorities can't watch them 24 hours a day. They've never had any respect for others or discipline from parents and they are not going to change now. I'm afraid us residents have lost faith in the justice system.
M Scott

Yobs: Busting the Ban
30 Oct 03  |  Kenyon Confronts
Young offenders flout behaviour orders
02 Nov 03  |  Kenyon Confronts


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