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Youths spitting and abusing people at Gloucester car park

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

warning: Community Sergeant Elenore Lakin.

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YOUTHS have been spitting at passersby from one of Gloucester's multi-story car parks.

They have also been reported for dangerous driving at the NCP site, off Bruton Way, after performing 'doughnuts' in cars.

One eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said he has been subjected to abuse there.

"I was walking past the car park to get to Wetherspoon's and they were screaming abuse and throwing stuff at people right from the top of the building," he said. "You could hear tyres squealing from inside the car park. I was quite worried by it so I did actually call the police."

In the latest incident, police were sent to patrol the area on Saturday night and warned the perpetrators they risk having their cars seized if they carry on.

Community Sergeant Elenore Lakin said: "There have been a number of complaints and reports from both the public and our officers about young men behaving anti-socially in the car park.

"The incidents have included the youths performing 'doughnuts' and driving dangerously as well as throwing items off the building and even spitting at people.

"Last weekend, our local officers were joined by the road policing team to give out section 59 warnings which mean if we catch the same people doing it again we can seize their vehicle.

"We are also meeting with our partner agencies this week to discuss more measures we can take to stop this happening at all.

"We are not trying to spoil anyone's fun but this behaviour isn't on."

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  • bonzaharris1  |  December 11 2012, 10:59PM

    Seize their cars and crush them, making them watch. Then stick them in the stocks in kings square, as Tim suggests, with plenty of rotton fruit and eggs to hand, plus photo's in The Citizen. Guarantee you would never hear a squeak out of them again.

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  • darrellglos  |  December 11 2012, 10:02PM

    So the the Police spoke to the people concerned and just warned them. Makes you wonder if there is any point in calling the Police in the first place.

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  • flinty11  |  December 11 2012, 4:56PM

    Great idea TimMessanger plus buckets of cow dung for ammunition.

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  • TimMessanger  |  December 11 2012, 2:21PM

    How about installing stocks in Kings square for the yobbos!

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  • Spud0  |  December 11 2012, 2:06PM

    @ valhalla2010 - New York is far from safe, in 2011 NY Police reported 209 murders! So much for Zero Tolerance. Back here in Gloucester the police should arrest those engaged in anti-social behaviour and the courts put them to unpaid work cleaning up the city at the weekends.

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  • valhalla2010  |  December 11 2012, 1:52PM

    And to add to my earlier comment- If you spit at a Police Officer you will immediately be arrested for assault, why is this not the case when it comes to the public?

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  • lolmyopinion  |  December 11 2012, 1:15PM

    "Don't just say you will seize their cars - do it and do it NOW and charge them £1,000 to get them back! As for spitting at people - anyone giving these disgusting perpetrators a damn good slap would be immune from prosecution if I had my way!" A section 59 requires a warning in the first place. These powers were given to the police by parliament and the police do not have the power to seize the car without a warning first. Although section 59's can be issued on opinion only, so abuse of this power is extremely easy, and the police know this. As for the £1000 fine, it's a set fee of £150 plus £20 storage per day. The police have no say in this fee although a fair amount of it goes into their coffers. It really is more of an inconvenience rather than a punishment. You can pick the car up same day if it's seized in the morning/afternoon.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 11 2012, 12:08PM

    I do doughnuts all the time, after i leave tesco, raspberry one's are my favorite, custard one's are horrible

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  • geraint2010  |  December 11 2012, 11:15AM

    Don't just say you will seize their cars - do it and do it NOW and charge them £1,000 to get them back! As for spitting at people - anyone giving these disgusting perpetrators a damn good slap would be immune from prosecution if I had my way!

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  • valhalla2010  |  December 11 2012, 9:11AM

    15 years ago New York was as dangerous a place as any, until they went 'Zero Tolerance' on crime. It didn't matter if it was dropping litter, spraying grafitti or dealing crack- everyone was dragged off and put infront of a judge the following day. It worked. Now it is far safer than almost anywhere in this country, the per- capita violent crime rate is higher in Sevenoaks than it is in NY. Please can we take a leaf out of thier book?

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