HC Deb 19 May 2003 vol 405 c815 10.19 pm
Bob Spink (Castle Point)

The scourge of youth nuisance, violence, vandalism and street crime is deeply damaging to our communities. We must take back ownership and control of our streets for decent people, young and old alike. We must tackle yob behaviour. The good people of Canvey Island have raised a petition with that in mind.

The petition states: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled. The Humble Petition of Councillors Norman Banbridge, Frieda Cridland, Dorothy Best, Lance Munt and others of like disposition sheweth That residents of Canvey Island and particularly Winter Gardens are increasingly concerned about the threatening and criminal behaviour that is being experienced around Canvey Island, including Winter Gardens, and believe that firm action should be taken to increase policing of the area and to pursue a zero tolerance approach to crime on the streets involving young people. Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House shall urge the Government to ensure that police foot patrols are provided for Canvey Island and particularly the Winter Gardens and other problem areas, especially at night time. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will every pray.

To lie upon the Table.