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ROUNDUP OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT STORIES IN TODAY'S PAPERS

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RETURN OF THE PROVERBIAL CLIP ROUND THE EAR?...
RETURN OF THE PROVERBIAL CLIP ROUND THE EAR?

Police want an extension of summary justice to exclude yobs from town centres and ban gangs from associating with each other, the Guardian's front page lead claims.

The proposals to ministers came from Surrey's assistant chief constable Mark Rowley, who also speaks for Acpo. Orders available to neighbourhood police officers could include obliging vandals to clean up damage. Drivers of unregistered or uninsured cars could see their vehicles instantly seized and crushed, and a driving ban imposed before a court appearance.

AREA FORUMS TO ENGAGE MUSLIMS COULD BE WIDENED

Deputy prime minister John Prescott and communities secretary Ruth Kelly yesterday met with Muslim community leaders to foster 'engagement' in meetings arranged before last weeks anti-terror arrests (Guardian, p4).

They discussed extending community forums already held in Leicester, Dudley and east London to other parts of Britain.

'ONE MILLION UK CHILDREN' SCARRED BY VIOLENCE AT HOME

A UN report (pdf file) has said nearly one million children in Britain may be suffering physical and psychological scars of domestic violence (Guardian, p12).

The estimates were based on surveys showing the number of women exposed to violence at home, with assumptions that 60% of this was witnessed by children. The report says one in 14 may get poor exam results as a consequence, as well as suffering low self-esteem, aggression and adjustment problems. The NSPCC wants counselling for vulnerable children in all schools.

IT'S NO MICKEY MOUSE JOB, DESPITE CARTOON ADS

The government is to spend£3.8m on an advertising campaign to recruit a target of 10,000 more community support officers (Financial Times, p3). The ads will feature cartoon PCSOs breaking up fights and dealing with other antisocial behaviour.

FOUL-MOUTHED YOB, 76, GIVEN BEHAVIOUR ORDER

A sheltered flats resident has become one of the oldest recipients of an Asbo, the Daily Mirror reports (p12).

Willesden magistrates heard that David Lilley, 76, slammed doors, screamed and shouted late at night, spat at care staff and gave racist and homophobic abuse at the complex in the London borough of Barnet. Barnet councillor Fiona Bulmer said: 'This man's a menace. His antisocial behaviour made life a misery.'

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