Prime Minister Tony Blair heard residents' fears about gang violence on a visit to a Glasgow housing estate.
The prime minister visited a community centre in Easterhouse
He was joined by First Minister Jack McConnell as he talked to people at a community centre in Easterhouse.
One woman complained that the police presence seen for Mr Blair's visit was not repeated when violence broke out in the area.
The prime minister also used the trip to dismiss claims that he and the first minister were barely on speaking terms.
Newspaper reports suggested that Mr McConnell felt the prime minister ignored Scotland.
However, Mr Blair said: "Jack is a fantastic guy. He has always been a good friend of mine.
"I think you know as well as me, what's in the press isn't always absolutely accurate."
The visit to Easterhouse was part of his drive to bring respect back to Britain's streets.
Tony Blair said he and Jack McConnell were good friends
Local resident Irene Blackwood, 51, said: "I asked him why there was so many police down here today to cover what I put politely as his backside, and we can't get all of that when the gang fighting goes on down here.
"He didn't say anything. He was mainly listening, I think."
Jackie Clements, 51, said: "I told him there's fighting here every night and you're lucky if police get here within an hour, if at all."
However, charity worker Liz Reid, 46, said she wanted to see more of a focus on the positive aspect of young people's contribution to society.
"Young people get a bad press nowadays and seem to be demonised with all these stories about antisocial behaviour," she said.