MP Stephen Metcalfe urges action on antisocial offences in Basildon

Basildon Recorder: MP urges action on antisocial offences MP urges action on antisocial offences

AN MP is calling for police to take a zero-tolerance policy against antisocial behaviour in Basildon.

Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, made the call after new figures suggested a 5.8 per cent increase in such offences during 2013.

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston gave out the figures at a meeting last night.

However, he said almost half the increase was down to online abuse on Twitter and Facebook messages, plus text message and phone harrasment.

Mr Metcalfe said: “While the majority of antisocial behaviour is not life-changing, it can be very disturbing. It can make peoples’ lives a misery.

“We need to adopt a zero-tolerance to it, with harsher action at an early point, rather than taking a softly-softly.”

Figures given at the meeting showed an overall 1.2 per cent reduction in reported crime in the borough, during 2013.

However, reports of serious violent crime increased by 20.6 per cent, with 21 more offences being reported. Police say some of this was the result of domestic abuse.

Reports of serious sexual offences also increased by 25.7 per cent. In this case, police have attributed this to more people coming forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile inquiry and other high-profile sex assault cases.

Mr Metcalfe said: “I’m pleased overall crime is down, but there is no time for complacency.

Crime of a sexual nature should always be reported.

“Police have to create trust in themselves and they do that by treating all reports of crime seriously and acting on it if there’s enough evidence.”

A police spokesman said: “Over the past 18 months we have introduced specialist teams to deal with these crimes and that’s starting to see results.

“The force is also working more closely with the voluntary sector, specialist detectives in the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre and the Crown Prosecution Service to improve the service to victims.”

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3:18pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"However, he said almost half the increase was down to online abuse on Twitter and Facebook messages, plus text message and phone harrasment."

Not only on social networking but the abuse that goes on on this page. I'd start here. People assuming they know all about other's lives, regurgitating old rubbish off Farcebook and Tw@tter. And all the time, perpetrating this on people they have never even met and don't know.

Worst of all, they do it totally anonymously. I'd start here by holding such people accountable for their actions and words.

I don't opine on anything without knowing the facts or having had the experience.

It's time social networking and general internet bullying and harassment was now treated seriously, as seriously as hatemail correspondence and stalking.

How many more deaths and ruined lives will it take before that happens?

Tough, hard line legislation needs to be made on accountability of internet harassment, rumour mongering, scandal spreading, threats, intimidation and bullying - and hacking and theft of intellectual property. All of which I have suffered. I will not be dumbed down by these yobs but some people go under.

I suggest Mr Metcalfe makes some serious representations in Parliament about this and gets the ball rolling for stronger malicious communications laws.

He could use this website as an example.
"However, he said almost half the increase was down to online abuse on Twitter and Facebook messages, plus text message and phone harrasment." Not only on social networking but the abuse that goes on on this page. I'd start here. People assuming they know all about other's lives, regurgitating old rubbish off Farcebook and Tw@tter. And all the time, perpetrating this on people they have never even met and don't know. Worst of all, they do it totally anonymously. I'd start here by holding such people accountable for their actions and words. I don't opine on anything without knowing the facts or having had the experience. It's time social networking and general internet bullying and harassment was now treated seriously, as seriously as hatemail correspondence and stalking. How many more deaths and ruined lives will it take before that happens? Tough, hard line legislation needs to be made on accountability of internet harassment, rumour mongering, scandal spreading, threats, intimidation and bullying - and hacking and theft of intellectual property. All of which I have suffered. I will not be dumbed down by these yobs but some people go under. I suggest Mr Metcalfe makes some serious representations in Parliament about this and gets the ball rolling for stronger malicious communications laws. He could use this website as an example. Kim Gandy

3:47pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

'Zero tolerance' is such a hackneyed phrase. What does he mean? Shoot on sight? Or what?

And zero tolerance policing in the USA where it happened in one city did not actually reduce crime - read 'Freakonomics - as crime also went down more in those cities which did not practice 'zero tolerance'. But it's a great term for the 'rightwingers / jail them all' lot who have not thought through the policy...
'Zero tolerance' is such a hackneyed phrase. What does he mean? Shoot on sight? Or what? And zero tolerance policing in the USA where it happened in one city did not actually reduce crime - read 'Freakonomics - as crime also went down more in those cities which did not practice 'zero tolerance'. But it's a great term for the 'rightwingers / jail them all' lot who have not thought through the policy... Jack222

4:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Mikkel1 says...

IF the police ain't got anyfing to do down there, send 'em to West Norfolk where we ain't got any to stop speed merchants. Our MP finks it ain't apnin, but it IS and Big time.
IF the police ain't got anyfing to do down there, send 'em to West Norfolk where we ain't got any to stop speed merchants. Our MP finks it ain't apnin, but it IS and Big time. Mikkel1

4:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

the25man says...

More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority
More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority the25man

4:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Police cuts,are biting, what do people want,cops out on the beat catching burglars, or spending time pursuing people who have sent a text message??
Police cuts,are biting, what do people want,cops out on the beat catching burglars, or spending time pursuing people who have sent a text message?? carnmountyouknowitmakessense

6:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"However, he said almost half the increase was down to online abuse on Twitter and Facebook messages, plus text message and phone harrasment."

Not only on social networking but the abuse that goes on on this page. I'd start here. People assuming they know all about other's lives, regurgitating old rubbish off Farcebook and Tw@tter. And all the time, perpetrating this on people they have never even met and don't know.

Worst of all, they do it totally anonymously. I'd start here by holding such people accountable for their actions and words.

I don't opine on anything without knowing the facts or having had the experience.

It's time social networking and general internet bullying and harassment was now treated seriously, as seriously as hatemail correspondence and stalking.

How many more deaths and ruined lives will it take before that happens?

Tough, hard line legislation needs to be made on accountability of internet harassment, rumour mongering, scandal spreading, threats, intimidation and bullying - and hacking and theft of intellectual property. All of which I have suffered. I will not be dumbed down by these yobs but some people go under.

I suggest Mr Metcalfe makes some serious representations in Parliament about this and gets the ball rolling for stronger malicious communications laws.

He could use this website as an example.
Kim you are a true hypocrite..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "However, he said almost half the increase was down to online abuse on Twitter and Facebook messages, plus text message and phone harrasment." Not only on social networking but the abuse that goes on on this page. I'd start here. People assuming they know all about other's lives, regurgitating old rubbish off Farcebook and Tw@tter. And all the time, perpetrating this on people they have never even met and don't know. Worst of all, they do it totally anonymously. I'd start here by holding such people accountable for their actions and words. I don't opine on anything without knowing the facts or having had the experience. It's time social networking and general internet bullying and harassment was now treated seriously, as seriously as hatemail correspondence and stalking. How many more deaths and ruined lives will it take before that happens? Tough, hard line legislation needs to be made on accountability of internet harassment, rumour mongering, scandal spreading, threats, intimidation and bullying - and hacking and theft of intellectual property. All of which I have suffered. I will not be dumbed down by these yobs but some people go under. I suggest Mr Metcalfe makes some serious representations in Parliament about this and gets the ball rolling for stronger malicious communications laws. He could use this website as an example.[/p][/quote]Kim you are a true hypocrite.. ThisYear

7:15pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Abuse on facebook and twitter. That's just the members of the council...
Abuse on facebook and twitter. That's just the members of the council... Howard Cháse

7:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

the25man wrote:
More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority
Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that?
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority[/p][/quote]Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that? ThisYear

9:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

the25man says...

ThisYear wrote:
the25man wrote:
More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority
Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that?
Well that use to work. Look at society and when the youth started to get out of control. It was after the do gooders got there way
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority[/p][/quote]Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that?[/p][/quote]Well that use to work. Look at society and when the youth started to get out of control. It was after the do gooders got there way the25man

10:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Nebs says...

The police have got a thankless task. The catch a villain, get the evidence, attend court, get a guilty verdict, then a judge tells the miscreant not to do it again and sends them home to continue their life of crime.
The police have got a thankless task. The catch a villain, get the evidence, attend court, get a guilty verdict, then a judge tells the miscreant not to do it again and sends them home to continue their life of crime. Nebs

11:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

the25man wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
the25man wrote:
More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority
Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that?
Well that use to work. Look at society and when the youth started to get out of control. It was after the do gooders got there way
Making false claims that people had made verbal statements (its a fair cop gov'ner) when accosted used to work as well to get convictions...should we go back to that to spite 'do gooders'

Have we not evolved from beating up people or falsifying statements from them to get control or conviction...

Btw the opposite of 'do-gooder' is do-badder
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: More Police and a few clips on the ear use to work but that was then but not now. No respect for any authority[/p][/quote]Authorities gain respect by the way of violence? And you hanker for that?[/p][/quote]Well that use to work. Look at society and when the youth started to get out of control. It was after the do gooders got there way[/p][/quote]Making false claims that people had made verbal statements (its a fair cop gov'ner) when accosted used to work as well to get convictions...should we go back to that to spite 'do gooders' Have we not evolved from beating up people or falsifying statements from them to get control or conviction... Btw the opposite of 'do-gooder' is do-badder ThisYear

11:43pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Nebs wrote:
The police have got a thankless task. The catch a villain, get the evidence, attend court, get a guilty verdict, then a judge tells the miscreant not to do it again and sends them home to continue their life of crime.
The police job is to catch the villain, to solve the crime.. not to worry about the outcome..do baker complain about people eating their bread and then coming back for more...the police would be out of a job if there was no crime...they are happy to serve..it keeps them occupied ie in work!
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: The police have got a thankless task. The catch a villain, get the evidence, attend court, get a guilty verdict, then a judge tells the miscreant not to do it again and sends them home to continue their life of crime.[/p][/quote]The police job is to catch the villain, to solve the crime.. not to worry about the outcome..do baker complain about people eating their bread and then coming back for more...the police would be out of a job if there was no crime...they are happy to serve..it keeps them occupied ie in work! ThisYear

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