Fuck Terrorists, War on Teenagers.

10 02 2008

The Observer: LINK


High-pitched whine of Mosquito alarm, used to deter teenagers from loitering in groups, ‘infringes their human rights’

A controversial weapon in the war against antisocial behaviour should be banned, the children’s commissioner will warn this week in a move that threatens a new Whitehall battle over ‘hoodies’ rights’.

The row centres on the so-called Mosquito, a £500 device that emits a high-pitched whine loud enough to drive away teenagers in the vicinity. Marketed as the ‘ultrasonic teenage deterrent’, it is increasingly being adopted by shopkeepers, local councils and even private homeowners to disperse gangs of young people because it operates on a frequency that can be detected only by under-25s, whose hearing is more acute.

Al Aynsley-Green, who was appointed by the government to champion children’s interests, will argue the Mosquito infringes their human rights and penalises innocent children. Parents have also questioned its long-term effects on children’s hearing.

Aynsley-Green will launch a campaign this week calling on businesses to abandon the tactic, and encouraging children to report instances of its being used against them. He is understood to be prepared to bring a test case in the courts if necessary.

However, a Home Office source said the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, backed the use of the Mosquito as a way of combating yob culture, adding: ‘We would always put ourselves on the side of the law-abiding minority rather than on the side of gangs of hoodies.’

Gordon Brown last week cited teenage lawlessness and gang violence as a key priority for his government and the clash over the Mosquito marks an early test. The Prime Minister had signalled a change of tack in his early months by disbanding the Respect Taskforce set up by Tony Blair to tackle yob culture, putting its staff under the control of the Department for Children and Families, which was seen as a signal that he would offer more carrot and less stick to disaffected teenagers.

That approach has come under pressure, however, with the Tories attacking the government over levels of street violence and teenage offending.

Thousands of Mosquitos have been bought by police forces, retailers, housing associations, train companies and private individuals who want to get rid of teenagers loitering near their homes. The device consists of a black box that emits a pulsing noise several times a second over a 15m radius, loud enough to force children to leave the area within minutes. It is advertised to stores on the grounds that unruly teenagers might discourage ‘genuine shoppers’ prepared to spend money…




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17 05 2009

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