Teenager calls for respect after foul-mouthed abuse

Insp Nick Butler
Insp Nick Butler

A COMMUNITY-minded teenager from Hucknall has slammed levels of public decency after his auntie was subjected to a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse.

George Bennett (16), of Boxtree Avenue, off Garden Road, says his relative took a wrong turn while driving on the newly-built estate where he lives and was sworn at repeatedly by a nearby builder.

She was in the car with her husband and their two-year-old son, who became distressed.

Now George, who goes to Holgate Comprehensive School in Hucknall, has hit back, saying it is time for more respect to be shown on the streets of the town.

“We couldn’t believe it when we found out what had happened,” said George. “It’s a disgrace. My relatives were angry and upset about what had happened.

“I wasn’t very happy. They shouldn’t talk like that.

“This is typical. They hadn’t done anything wrong but were shouted at and sworn at. It’s bang out of order. People should take a look at themselves and stop treating others in this way.

“Would they like it if someone reacted to them in this way?”

George says his auntie was on her way to his house to drop off presents for his sister’s 18th birthday when she found herself at a dead end.

After the verbal abuse, she had to be guided to George’s home. The auntie has asked not to be named.

George says action needs to be taken against those who show a lack of respect to others.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, has applauded George.

He said: “Respect is the key to any community being happy and successful and I would encourage anyone taking an active approach to improve this.

“Standards are important and if a young person comes forward to support this, we would back him.”

The police and Ashfield District Council currently run the Respect For Ashfield campaign, which is a hard-hitting initiative aimed at driving home the message that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable.