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Don't Complain To Us About Yobs Say Police

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Dealing with antisocial behaviour and ' low-level' hooliganism is no longer the responsibility of the police, a senior officer said yesterday.

Superintendent Steve Harrod, speaking at the inquest of a mother and her disabled daughter who were hounded to their deaths by yobs, said it is now the responsibility of local councils since a law change in 1998.

The officer, head of criminal justice at Leicestershire Police, said officers were allowed to hand out only reprimands and 'final warnings' to young thugs unless their offences were 'serious'.

Fiona Pilkington, left, died with her daughter Francecca, 18, when she turned their car into a fireball to escape a decade of abuse from feral youths in her street

He said: 'I'm not sure if people know, but low-level anti-social behaviour is mainly the responsibility of the council.'

His evidence led jurors to openly question the police's strategy at the inquest into the deaths of Fiona Pilkington, 38, who died with her daughter Francecca, 18, when she turned their car into a fireball to escape a decade of abuse from feral youths in her street in Barwell, Leicestershire.

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