The true role of security staff

PUBLISHED: 14:06 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

Sir - In the past two weeks I have read your letters section and seen letters complaining about the security staff in the Howard Centre. I am an ex-Howard Centre security member and would like to offer my defence and support for the security staff.

Sir - In the past two weeks I have read your letters section and seen letters complaining about the security staff in the Howard Centre.

I am an ex-Howard Centre security member and would like to offer my defence and support for the security staff.

I worked at the Howard Centre for about 18 months and in that time we would deal with not only children in the centre but thieves, drunks, first aid incidents, fires, fights, lost children and even people trying to jump from the top of the Howard Centre car park (as reported on your back page on Wednesday, September 17, 2008).

On top of all this there were many charitable events that we would take part in but nobody seemed to be interested enough to write a letter.

There are a lot of youngsters that come into the town and I agree that most are well behaved and polite but there are many that are in the town to cause a nuisance. During my time at the Howard Centre we would be told that any groups of youths that were being a nuisance should be moved on if not shopping as the centre did not want to put off genuine shoppers from having a pleasant day's shopping.

Youngsters hang around the town as they have nothing else to do. If the parents of WGC are so unhappy with children being told that they cannot hang around a shopping centre all day then it is the local council they should be writing to, to complain about the lack of facilities for youngsters in WGC.

I do not think people seem to realise that the security staff are there for the security of the centre and to help the public not to baby-sit their kids.

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