Thursday, September 13, 2007
Milton Keynes, Bucks: Grace Quinn
Grace, 65, of Milton Keynes, Bucks, said: 'One of my neighbours had three cars stolen in four months, and the lady next door had hers set on fire. But the police did nothing.
'Our local shops are a no-go area in the evenings because there are so many muggings. Most shops are now closing down.
'And my grown-up daughter refuses to take her mobile phone with her when she walks the dog because she's afraid of being attacked for it.
'When I moved here 34 years ago to raise my family, it was a nice, quiet place. I'm so saddened by the fact that my grandchildren aren't allowed to play outside because it's no longer safe.
'We were promised high-visibility police patrolling our streets, which is exactly what we need. Instead we've got local community officers who don't even have the power of arrest.
'I'm supporting Mums' Army because I want the authorities to start keeping their promises and get more involved before it's too late.'
Milton Keynes, Bucks
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Southall, Greater London: Sharon Bartlett
She called the police and when nothing happened, she contacted Mums' Army.
Sharon, 51, of Southall, Greater London, said: 'We know who's responsible but the police won't do anything. My neighbour was put in hospital by a gang of yobs, and even then officers took three weeks to show up.
'Kids hang around outside our house dealing drugs and there's no one there to stop them. I saw patrol officers on our street once. They cautioned my neighbour's little girl, who has learning difficulties, for chalking on the pavement.
'We get no support from the authorities and it's time for things to start changing around here.
'I don't want my 12-year-old son growing up to be a yob. I'm joining Mums' Army because I believe that if we stand together, we can do something about it.'
Southall, Greater London
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