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    AN MP is seeking approval for legal hit squads to tackle neighbours from hell.

    Birkenhead MP Frank Field believes that current anti-social behaviour measures are either not working or not being properly enforced.

    Today Mr Field was launching a bill that would allow community prosecution lawyers to be elected in Merseyside's 16 constituencies and other Parliamentary seats.

    Their job would be to enforce all legislation and ensure that all public nuisances and neighbour-hood thugs are prosecuted, punished and, in some cases, banished from local communities.

    If after four years the lawyers fail to make their mark, they could be kicked out by the voters.

    Mr Field hopes that his backbench bill will be incorporated in the government's own anti-social behaviour legislation being debated in the Commons later tonight.

    Ministers have already accepted his previous bill to strip rogue landlords of housing benefit.

    Mr Field said that the government originally expected that 3,000 anti-social behaviour orders would be imposed by magistrates nationwide. But last year there were just 500, 18 o f them in Merseyside.

    The former welfare minister said: "This is about giving local people the chance to say, these are the sort of crimes and behaviour we want prosecuted.

    "Anti-social behaviour is for most people the number one priority for action and yet that is not reflected in the prosecution rates.

    "That is because the people who make the decisions within the Crown Prosecution Service are too remote from the people they are meant to serve and protect."

    Under his bill the new community prosecution lawyers, each with their own staff and offices, would have to live in the constituency they cover.

    At present the Prosecution Services cover regions on the basis of police force areas.
    "Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

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    Thanks Misty, didn't spot that one on my daily trawl through NFH related News, I will post it on the main site

    How does everyone find their news online? Do you just visit regularly your local websites or do you use more (inter)nationally-based pages (Google, BBC, etc).


    • #3
      For news I use teletext, get a paper with the shopping on Saturday and Thursday. Local news, I use our local bigoted cheesy, twee, newspaper on line, plus actually buy it every couple of weeks or so, also teletext for regional news.

      I don't like 'speculation' news. I want the facts, not what someone thinks is going to happen, or reporters and presenters interviewing each other - just gimme the facts for gods sake!


      • #4
        Online, I get news from BBC Ticker and yahoo.

        Weekend papers and local evening papers through the week.

        I am a teletext fanatic, so get topped up with news (inter/national and local) from there.


        • #5
          I buy the Daily Mail and sometimes the Daily Mirror. Also read my local paper online. I visit for a lot of international news, strange news ets. He gathers stories from all over. Handy to have it in one place. I occasionally have a look around other online newspapers.

          "Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi