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When will this sort of behaviour be taken seriously enough

March 13, 2010

So another person has been driven to an early grave by the bullying behaviour of so called neighbours.  According to the Independent the gentleman concerned had been bullied for a decade

Ms Davies said her neighbour was targeted because of his learning difficulties, adding: “They would torment him all the time.  Sometimes it would be two of them, others it would be six kids or a big gang.

This case is so reminiscent of the Fiona Pilkington case where someone is driven to a desperate place by the callous and cruel behaviour of others.  People with a learning disability are amongst some of the most vulnerable in our society and so end up on the brunt of a disproportionate amount of what might be termed “hate crime”.  As someone who works in the field I know that as far as people with a learning disability are concerned these are not isolated cases.

As a civilised society we have to find better ways of tackling these problems so that people like this no longer have to tolerate a life of abuse and torment.  The Chief Inspector of Constabulary Denis O’Connor said “the failure to properly record and tackle incidents undermined confidence in the police, and called for urgent improvements”  I really hope for the sake of people affected by this sort of behaviour that individual police forces take note and act.

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