Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has urged Ministers to tackle antisocial behaviour by ensuring that bans and curfews are used alongside prosecutions.
The MP did so after one six week police operation against crime and antisocial behaviour in Doncaster led to 40 arrests. Ms Flint has strongly supported more powers for the police and Doncaster council to tackle antisocial behaviour.
The MP told Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins: “The police in my area are concerned that when a person commits an offence on an estate, it is not standard for an injunction to sit alongside the prosecution, banning them from the area and imposing curfews that do not allow them to go out at night. That should be part and parcel of what is meted out to individuals who cause such havoc for businesses and residents in our communities.”
Speaking after the debate on crime and antisocial behaviour in small towns, Caroline said:
“We are not talking about petty vandalism or over-age kids messing round in playgrounds, this is the serious problem of residents being intimidated, and cars or houses being vandalised, sometimes at the behest of organised criminals.
“I welcome the police operations to tackle this serious neighbourhood crime – and especially going to court to get an offender banned from entering an estate if they do not live there. I want the courts to assume that if the police are prosecuting someone for criminal damage or antisocial behaviour, that when they are back home after any sentence, their activity is curbed through curfews; a ban on associating with other criminals; and even controls over what roads they walk down.
“In my view, they lost their right to roam when they started ruining people’s lives. We need to show everyone they don’t own these neighbourhoods, the residents do.”
The MP, who has campaigned for more neighbourhood police, welcome the recent announcement that local neighbourhood teams will gain more police.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has urged Ministers to tackle antisocial behaviour by ensuring that bans and curfews are used alongside prosecutions. The MP did so after one six week...
Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has this week supported a cross-party letter to support victims of rape by removing the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered a child through rape.
The letter came on the back of the harrowing case of Sammy Woodhouse, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation survivor, whose abuser is serving a 35 year jail term for the rape of Ms Woodhouse and a series of child sexual offences. Her abuser was notified of a variation to her son’s care order and therefore offered the opportunity to seek access to her son.
Both Rotherham Council and practitioners in the family court believe that under the current law, this was required of Rotherham Council as the case was not considered ‘exceptional’ enough to remove the duty to notify her abuser.
Led by Louise Haigh, the MP for Sheffield Heeley, MPs from across different political parties have now come together to lobby the Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, to change the law to remove the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered a child through rape.
Louise then raised the case in a question to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and called for a public inquiry into the issue. In her response, the Prime Minister responded that "the Ministry of Justice currently have not seen evidence to suggest that a public inquiry is necessary."
Said Caroline: “It’s important that Sammy’s case acts as a marker to make sure that women and children are protected by our courts system. I was disappointed to learn that the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice are not considering a public inquiry into the issue.
“120 MPs of different parties have all signed Louise’s letter and I urge the Prime Minister to consider changing the law so that this cannot happen again.”
Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has this week supported a cross-party letter to support victims of rape by removing the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered...
Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, took part this week in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund, secured by South Yorkshire Mayor, Dan Jarvis MP.
The Shared Prosperity Fund is designed to replace the money that the UK would have received in EU funding.
The debate followed a recent report by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), which estimated that the UK would have been entitled to approximately 13 billion euros of regional development funding between the 2021-2027 if we had stayed in the European Union.
The report also analysed funding for each UK region and concluded that South Yorkshire would have received £605 million to support economic growth over the same period.
Caroline said in the debate that the Shared Prosperity Fund needed to consider not just the North/South divide, but also the funding divide between towns and cities.
She said: “Whatever happens in the future, unless there is an offer for our smaller towns and communities, no fund is going to match the expectations – and counter the demoralisation – of those communities.”
Caroline, speaking after the debate, said: “It’s important that the Government considers how much South Yorkshire would have received in EU funds - £605 million – and allocates a fair share.
“The Government is yet to outline its priorities and objectives for its Fund – as well as the method of allocating money. It’s important that this debate is held while the Government is still making up its mind, so that we can influence how the Government thinks about it.
“I took the opportunity today to present my view that the Fund needs to look beyond our cities to prioritise investment in our towns. It’s important that local people in Don Valley feel like they have a stake in the Shared Prosperity Fund.”
Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, took part this week in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund, secured by South Yorkshire Mayor, Dan Jarvis MP....