Learn the lessons of the Fiona Pilkington tragedy, urges Committee of MPs

Francecca Hardwick and Fiona Pilkington Photo: PA

A cross party committee of MPs is calling for a national standard by which action on anti-social behaviour is triggered.

The Leicester East MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz suggests an automatic response to victims after the receipt of five complaints or fewer. His report also calls for better coordination between agencies on the ground so that people brave enough to speak out are given the support they need.

He says cases such as that of the Barwell woman Fiona Pilkington who took her own life and that of her disabled daughter after years of persistent abuse by neighbours should act as a lesson for the future.

In Fiona Pilkington's case she complained 33 times in 7 years and that's why we think we need to have a specific number of times people complain and we suggest five. Anti-social behaviour can crush lives and breed criminality in our communities.

– Leicester East MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz

The MPs were looking at the government's draft Anti-social Behaviour Bill. They call for the setting up of a new National Anti-social Behaviour Forum to be headed by a Chief Constable, a housing association chief executive and a local council leader to identify what works best.

The report says the newly appointed Police and Crime Commissioners should monitor closely how their forces tackle anti-social behaviour to avoid the repetition of avoidable tragedies.