A “yob” is by definition a rude, noisy, aggressive, loutish, uncultured, young person, often seen in groups going about noisy, aggressive and loutish behaviour, often alcohol and drug induced, as in Town Green, Aughton.
The epicentre of this yobbishness is the Co-Op store, whose owners kindly provided a bench for the weary and infirm to rest a while.
But by some strange logic it’s been condemned as a cause of the gatherings and hence should be removed.
And that suggestion was condemned by LCC/WLBC Cllr David O’Toole, himself a likely bench person as he might rest before strolling up Granville Park with his shopping. No capitulation to yobbishness from him!
Whereas LCC Cllr Nikki Hennessy, attending as a private local resident, spoke up for the yobs. Cllr Nikki has had personal experience when some time ago a yob put a brick through a window of her home. All sorted without recourse to the other bench, a Magistrates bench, where an appearance would see yobbishness receive its due reward. Alas the Ormskirk Magistrates court
is no more, due to cutting the cost of crime retribution.
Police officers attended the Aughton Parish Council Meeting. The Anti Social Behaviour situation was discussed at length together with dispersal orders, the Co-op store, and parking issues outside the shops on Town Green Lane.
According to the police the recent names taken of youths they had spoken to indicated they were local, not from outside the area, as it had been in previous times. They said that parents of the youths spoken to had been contacted.
A resident criticised senior police officers who had previously and regularly visited parish meetings with little to show for it. As he put it, it’s on the record and he’s unimpressed by police mission statements on youth disorder.
It seems from hearsay a somewhat heated exchange took place between the APC Chairman and Cllr O’Toole regarding communications with constituents. Cllr O’Toole is reported to have hurriedly left the meeting whilst these matters were still being discussed but returned a little later.
Perhaps he was merely going to check if the Co-Op bench was still in place?