On one public housing estate in Darlington in northern England, a former boxer, “Fearless” Francis Jones, charges around six dollars a week – to deal with trouble makers. Shop keepers call him when rowdy teenagers gather outside their stores intimidating customers or throwing things at passing cars. They say he responds immediately while the police force can take hours.
Maybe he’s providing a useful service for the community, but should people have to pay someone unqualified and with no more powers than the ordinary citizen to deal with kids causing problems on their estates?
We’ll be hearing all about Fearless Francis on Newshour on Monday