Man 38 sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray then threatened with knife
In Plymouth a man was sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray and threatened with a knife by a gang he approached and asked to pick up litter they had thrown, other members of the gang were encouraging the youth with the knife to stab the man, who luckily managed to drive off before this threat could be carried out. It makes a mockery of Jacqui Smith, telling the public to confront antisocial behaviour head on, when so many decent citizens who have taken this approach have been injured or killed. Pepper spray is outlawed in the UK, even the Police are using a substitute, because of the harm it can cause. Owners of Internet sites from Europe and the US should be prosecuted if they sell products like tasers and CS gas to the UK.
CABOT (Challenging Antisocial Behaviour Together incorporating Communities Against Knife Crime ) is a voluntary organisation, we listen, signpost and support people living with antisocial behaviour.
Our office is based in Bristol.
Our officers are all volunteers and have diverse skills bases including the criminal justice system, customer service,local authority and mental health work.
Our organisation is supported by Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council and Safer Bristol Partnership.
We also have a tenant rep, who will help with local authority housing issues in confidence.
We are also taking a proactive stance against knife crime, and would encourage everybody to do the same in a safe and lawful manner. By joining our voices together as a community, we have more chance of being heard than a lone voice shouting in the wind.