Talk to the young

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The local council seems to spend a lot of time and our limited council tax money on promoting Asbos (anti-social behaviour orders) as the solution.

In my younger days, if people behaved badly, members of their family and their community would speak to them when they were sober and coax them into being more considerate. It usually worked in the end.

Most young folk are fine when sober. Could the council, police and Asbos department be missing a trick by not simply talking to these people, when they are sober, rather than taking the expensive and slow court route? Most problems can be sorted out by direct communication.

Mrs Paterson,

Galashiels