Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BAD GIRLS; New Generation of Winehouse Clones Mixing It like the Boys

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BAD GIRLS; New Generation of Winehouse Clones Mixing It like the Boys

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Byline: By BARBARA ARGUMENT Chief writer

IT'S Girl Power - but not like the Spice Girls preached.

The liberated generation of Amy Winehouse clones hit the booze and drug button - and think nothing of lashing out like the lads.

But the drive for boy and girl equality has come with a high price tag.

A new generation of bad girls.

They are mixing it like the boys - and giving a whole new and horrific meaning to being Scary Spice.

On Teesside, violence by girls has shot up by a whopping 123%.

The total number of offences by girls on Teesside shot up by 57% from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

In comparison, offences by boys on Teesside rose by just 10% in the same period, and offences of violence among boys went up by 40%.

Nationally crime by girls rose by around 12% from 2004-05 to 2006-07.

The statistics confirm the views of teachers' leaders who have watched in horror as the violence of ladette louts has escalated out of control.

They say bullying by girls has always been a problem, but now the violence has become physical.

"I would say it's been getting worse over the past 10 years," said Sue Foreman, NASUWT executive member for the Tees Valley.

"Usually with girls it is more an emotional assault and we have seen a big increase in cyberbullying incidents.

"But now, apart from getting involved in the violence, they are also inciting the boys to do it - and the boys being more macho are out to impress."

Sue Foreman says the drive for equality is playing its part, but the violence is often sparked by alcohol.

"I do not believe it is the supermarkets selling drink," she said.

"It is the corner shop where teenagers congregate and the older looking ones are sent in to buy.

"They are drinking on school playing fields and in the hidden places they know.

"They know how to avoid people and the CCTV cameras.

"There really is an awful lot of drinking going on, especially on summer evenings and it is absolutely horrible. …

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