THE problems with out of control youths and apparently also their parents, and shown by the Bonfire Night incidents in Newton Aycliffe, “Outrage follows shocking attacks” (Echo, Nov 7), could be easily dealt with were it not for the UK’s complete social collapse and refusal to be ruthless.

The fire brigade ought to be authorised to use high pressure hoses in defence.

Ambulance crews should be leave aggressive folks to bleed on the grass, or tell them to go home and use sticking plasters. Hospitals should be able to do the same.

Police inspectors should be authorised to use tear gas after a two minute dispersal order has elapsed.

Nothing less than the above has any chance of dealing with the UK’s humiliating collapse, along the “Mad Max” road.

GB Butler, Stockton-on-Tees.