Police give up the fight as yobs take over - Telegraph: "Police have lost control of the streets, the forces' watchdog warns as new figures show that an estimated 14 million incidents of anti-social behaviour take place each year – one every two seconds.
Sir Denis O'Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, says the rowdy and abusive behaviour of yobs is a 'disease' within communities that has been allowed to 'fester' because police have retreated from the streets in the past two decades...
... Earlier this year, Sir Denis disclosed that just one in 10 police officers was free to tackle crime at any given time because the vast majority were either off work or tied up on other duties.
He raised fears this morning that cuts in front line policing had left communities at the mercy of antisocial youths..."