chapter  5
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Responding to antisocial behaviour

ByLarissa Pople

In October 2007, after years of alleged harassment by a group of young people, Fiona Pilkington set light to the car that contained herself and her disabled daughter. An inquest into their deaths heard that the police had been called 33 times over a period of seven years about the harassment, which reportedly involved a group of young people hanging around outside her home in Leicestershire, hurling stones and other objects at the house, and taunting the family. We have no way of knowing what drove Fiona Pilkington to take the lives of herself and her daughter,1 but if this repeated harassment played a role (which is plausible) then it would justify the suggestion made by journalists and politicians that antisocial behaviour was to blame for their deaths, at least in part.