I'm not very impressed by Haringey copper, Supt Wayne Mawson, who "has admitted that he was forced to move house by youths hanging around outside his home."
According to The Torygraph he "decided to leave because he did not want to confront the teenagers sitting on the wall of his property in Hackney".
For a start off most of the constituents I represent in my Hackney council ward don't have Supt Mawson's option of moving away when they suffer from anti-social behaviour, because they are council or housing association tenants rather than owner-occupiers. They rightly expect that the police and local authority will do something about it, not decamp to leafy Crouch End.
Secondly it's not remotely clear where on the spectrum of "teenagers sitting on the wall" Supt Mawson's visitors were.
If on the one hand they were genuinely threatening or engaged in criminal behaviour surely he as a policeman has a duty to his neighbours, the kids involved and future residents of his street to get his Hackney colleagues to sort the problem out.
If on the other hand they were just kids sitting around being loud but harmless, well that kind of comes with the territory of living in an inner-city area where not everyone has a garden and most people have small flats so their kids socialise outside when it gets hot. I've got a low front wall to my house. In the summer local kids sit on it and the neighbouring wall most nights. Occasionally the neighbours have an impromptu street party with a sound system that seems to take in my front wall as seating. This freaks out visiting relatives from rural Kent but to my mind is part of the deal of living in an area with a huge population density - added to which they were probably here and sat on the wall a long time before I arrived in Hackney.
Supt Mawson has the right to live where he wants but his remarks haven't helped Hackney and I doubt they have impressed more junior colleagues who are out patrolling the streets he has moved away from.