“Demonisation” of young people is a national problem, say police chiefs

Police chiefs have warned that the public are making thousands
of 999 calls about young people who are doing nothing wrong at

The Association of Chief Police Officers said  that the
“demonisation of young people” was a national problem.
ACPO was backing West Midlands chief constable Paul Scott Lee who
said his force received hundreds of thousands of complaints about
young people every year most of whom were doing nothing wrong,
“simply existing or walking down the street”.

Young people’s behaviour was often “social rather
than anti-social” but members of the public were calling the
police just in case they started behaving badly, he said.

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