It has to be said that the police don't help themselves.
Take a walk round Huyton and all you see sprayed everywhere is "KILL THE MATRIX".
This is because wherever else you look the police are taunting gangs of kids, roughing them up, and performing illegal searches.
Doesn't help win trust...
So these gangs- hanging around underage drinking, vandalising, intimidating people, taking drugs, shouting and generally being a pain in the ass shouldn't be bothered by the cops?? They'd get more than a roughing up I was in charge. I'd cut their bollocks off.
I'm not taking sides at all, but a mate of mine was a copper for six months in Newcastle city centre and had to deal with these fookers every night- they would throw things at the patrol cars, start fires to draw them in, steal cars to get a chase etc. The little bastards would be let out the next morning to do it again the following night. In the end he quit... he couldn't see the point of risking his and other peoples lives chasing these same scumbags through the streets at 90mph day in day out.
The kids today generally have no respect for anyone so they don't get an ounce of sympathy from me.
Now on the other hand..... there is some woodland on the edge of town near the football pitch, a good half mile from anyone, where a group of lads have built some jumps and doubles. The bloody council went up with a Bobcat last week and levelled the lot and put in big trenches to stop them. These lads were doing no harm, keeping out of the way and harming no-one. Yes they will have been drinking and listening to Busted or whetever youth is into these days, but my point is- what is worse, hanging around frightening people and harrassing the cops or getting some air and breaking your own bones every now and then? These guys get my sympathy.