GIVE us a public meeting to tackle the yobs terrorising Bognor Regis, town councillors have been urged.
Town resident Jocelyn Smith told the council members they had to stage the debate to let those suffering from the effects of anti-social behaviour know their concerns were being taken seriously.
She said: “We have got a problem in our town and I am calling for a public meeting to take place in the next few weeks. The residents are very angry about stuff that is going on with certain groups of teenagers – bikes being stolen and anti-social drinking.”
Momentum for the meeting was growing on social media in the past few weeks, she reported. Contact details had been given to her by 54 people with details of various problems.
“There are a considerable amount of people willing to turn up to this meeting. People are being intimidated, abused verbally and physically and people are having property damaged but nothing is being done,” she said.
“There is a certain amount of anger on social media and a certain number of adults have got to the end of their tether. This is why the situation has got to be stopped.
“Something is going to happen – people are going to be arrested or people are going to end up in hospital,” Ms Smith warned.
She called for the meeting to be held as soon as possible to bring together residents, councillors, council officers and the police to seek answers to the worsening situation. She was due to meet the town’s MP, Nick Gibb, today to discuss the situation.
It was also being raised on her behalf by county and district councillor Francis Oppler with Inspector Marc Clothier, of Sussex Police. Her comments at Monday’s meeting of Bognor Regis Town Council followed dozens of comments on social media about various incidents caused by the trouble-makers.
Councillors agreed to refer her request for a public meeting to their policy and resources committee on November 21 to discuss details about how to stage the session.