The Dimbles puts Lichfield on the map for all the wrong reasons

Shocking news has emerged in the last 24 hours of the death of Mick Eccles.

Early reports suggested he had become involved in an argument with a gang of youths after leaving the shops at the Dimbles. It was only as the story developed that we have discovered he was kicked to death in front of his daughter.

This incident has brought the horror of feral youngsters on Britain’s housing estates into a very local focus. You read about this sort of thing more and more, but it somehow becomes more real when you see it happening on your doorstep.

But when you examine the evidence it was hardly surprising that this sort of thing would happen. The real sadness of it all is that it took the death of a 43-year-old man to make Lichfield stand up and take notice of its problems – particularly on the Dimbles.

The nearby doctor’s surgery, the shops (and even the Tesco a little further away) are all gathering points for gangs. They provoke people who work in the area and those just visiting the shops.

Just a day before, a relative in the area had seen youngsters with a baseball bat and a golf ball smashing glasses up on their garden, with one glass being thrown at them while they carried a baby. When confronted, they just carried on without any regard for the safety of others.

If you’ve ever been down to the shops at the Dimbles then chances are you’ll have seen a police car there. So why, if the police seem to spend an above average amount of time in the area, has the problem continued to exist? Why are the same thugs allowed to terrorise a community week after week, month after month and year after year?

And most importantly, how many people will have to meet the same fate as Mr Eccles before something effective is done about it?

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8 Comments

  1. Aphex666

    27th January, 2009 at 10:35 am

    This makes me so angry. People shouldn’t have to put up with this sort of thing. I hope the police target the area hard after this, and do a lot of stop and searches.

  2. The Main Man

    27th January, 2009 at 10:42 am

    The police target the area already. The problem is that whatever they’ve been doing has done diddly squat. Perhaps rather than the softly-softly approach they should do something meaningful.

  3. Aphex666

    27th January, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Perhaps a curfew would be in order. I think I read that this had been tried somewhere, not sure if it worked though.

  4. The Main Man

    27th January, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Extermination might be a better option for some of the little scumbags up there.

  5. Aphex666

    27th January, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I hate to link to the middle class scare mongering paper, but it appears the curfew trial I mentioned before was a success maybe this sort of thing would help make the streets feel a little safer.

    http://tinyurl.com/alznb5

  6. The Main Man

    27th January, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    It’s a decent idea, but can it really be policed by plastic police (PCSOs)? I can feel another blog entry coming…

  7. Aphex666

    27th January, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    There is a lot that can go wrong with this idea as it isn’t reallyenforced by law, it relies a lot on parents taking responsibility. In my opinion it’s the lack of parental responsibility that has led to increased anti social behaviour across the country.

  8. Sammy J

    27th January, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    If you want an example of why the Dimbles might struggle with parental responsibility, take a look at the house near the shops with the sofa in the front garden.

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