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STRAW CHALLENGED TO ACT FASTER ON ESTATE CRIME

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Home secretary Jack Straw visited the Ravenscliffe estate in Bradford yesterday to help promote his Crime and Disor...
Home secretary Jack Straw visited the Ravenscliffe estate in Bradford yesterday to help promote his Crime and Disorder Bill, reports the Yorkshire Post (p1).

Locals were concerned about clearing up crime on the estate as soon as possible. Mr Straw was challenged to visit the estate by sisters Adele Murphy and Veronica Priestley, who both have five children. Their invitation came on BBC's Newsnight programme last October, when 'decaying' estates were discussed.

The sisters said Mr Straw told them that it would take two years to solve Ravencliffe's crime problems, but they challenged him to do something now. They said that people reporting crime should be offered greater protection from the alleged criminals.

Mr Straw's Bill includes the possibility of imposing curfews on children in an attempt to cut nightime misbehaviour.
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