The main disincentive for this action is the attitude of parents, the police and Crown Prosecution Service in the event that the children respond with violence, or, even worse, make false accusations of inappropriate behaviour against you. It is also not uncommon for good citizens to be assaulted by the parents of young vandals should they have the temerity to point out their behaviour.
I would not consider taking action unless there were a host of reliable witnesses about, and I felt I could safely defend myself should the need arise.
D M WILLIAMS
Southend-on-Sea, EssexReuse content