Britain ‘in fear of teenagers’

UK Telegraph 23 Oct 06
Britain is in danger of becoming a nation fearful of its young people, a study has claimed. Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), to be published next month, shows that British adults are less likely than those in other European countries to intervene to stop teenagers committing antisocial behaviour.The 200-page report says 65pc of Germans, 52pc of Spaniards and 50pc of Italians would be willing to intervene if they saw a group of 14-year-old boys vandalising a bus shelter, compared with 34pc of Britons. The reasons Britons were reluctant to become involved included fear of being attacked, fear of reprisals and fear of verbal abuse.

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