People are lying to the police about anti-social behaviour to get groups of children dispersed, police have said.
A senior policeman admitted there was an increasing trend of residents calling to complain about innocent behaviour, like playing football.
Inspector Andy Ramsey, from Leicestershire Police, said incidents were exaggerated or even invented to ensure officers intervened.
I get the sense this story is merely the tip of the iceberg. And while the young are the obvious victims here, there is something sad about a society where adults are so disempowered and infantilised that this is what they resort to. But then, isn’t this what the “Respect Agenda” is all about?