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Why we must beat the yobs; Those responsible for the attack do not care about where they live.

HOW can they stoop so low? This is the question right-thinking people across Merseyside are asking today as news emerges of a lifeboat crew being attacked by a gang of yobs in New Brighton.

A 15-minute bombardment of bricks and bottles was the crew's reward for risking their own lives to protect others.

And what makes this incident even worse is every single one of the crew members is an unpaid volunteer.

The only inference which can be taken from such an incident is those responsible for the attack - and those who launch nightly attacks on firefighters and police officers throughout the region - do not care about society and the community in which they live.

This is precisely why the ECHO has launched our Reclaim The Streets campaign - to make our communities safe and yob-free.

While incidents such as this one are depressing, we can not allow them t o demoralise us.

Instead, it should be used as a catalyst to speed up our efforts to make society safer and, in the process, let the yobs know that they cannot win.

The first step in the right direction would be for anyone who knows the identity of the thugs who attacked the lifeboat crew to inform the police.

Each small action takes us further along the road to reclaiming our streets
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2005
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