Bullying and antisocial behaviour go hand in hand

PUBLISHED: 08:10 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

HOW refreshing to see a letter from an ex councillor on the subject of bullying. Let's hope he is not ex for too long. He has got it dead right, bullying and antisocial behaviour go hand in hand. If we can deal with one then the other will decrease. As

HOW refreshing to see a letter from an ex councillor on the subject of bullying. Let's hope he is not ex for too long. He has got it dead right, bullying and antisocial behaviour go hand in hand. If we can deal with one then the other will decrease. As an award winner for this area of Taking a Stand, 2004, I have been dealing with it first hand. I was at a conference in Bristol with the Home Office senior advisor on antisocial behaviour, Louise Casey, and Miriam Minty, head of communications. Louise heads up the RESPECT task force. I was there along with 250 other people from the South West to see the launch of 'Putting Neighbour back into neighbourhood', which starts in the New Year.I have said on many occasions we should think about bringing back some form of national service. It does not have to be two years as in my day, and it need not be military-orientated. But seeing the state of recruitment for the armed forces it could be considered. What I am suggesting is one year based on skills i.e. IT, bricklaying, carpentry, engineering, motor mechanics, all skill-based professions. They would be sent away to camp to get them out of their local environments and mother's apron strings. It's worth a try. All else seems to have failed.DAVID J EVANSTavistock Road, Worle

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