Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Return to 'A Clip Round the Ear' for Instilling Child Discipline

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Return to 'A Clip Round the Ear' for Instilling Child Discipline

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ANTI-SOCIAL youngsters face home curfews and a return to "clip round the ear" policing under Tory plans to force parents to take responsibility for their offspring.

Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling today outlined moves to allow police officers to "ground" children who cause trouble in their neighbourhood, including those who abuse passers-by.

Those aged between 10 and 17 would be confined by the courts to their own homes, except to attend school, and breaches of curfew could result in a custodial sentence.

The idea is an alternative to Labour's "dispersal orders" which critics claim simply shifts troublemakers from one area to another. Under the Conservatives' plans, police would also be given the power instantly to pull adolescents off the street and hold them in police stations before making their parents collect them.

The Tories also pledge to protect adults and police officers who challenge children in the street and effectively give them a "clip round the ear", without fear of legal action. …

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