Councils keeping lists of threats, abuse and nudity

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COUNCILS across Hampshire have been keeping databases of threatening behaviour, including 7,000 incidents in Portsmouth.

The lists are logged on to council databases and can be accessed by staff who could be put in danger by visiting these people’s homes.

They include details of vicious pets, aggressive behaviour, verbal abuse and dangers of being pricked by needles at homes of drug users. The lists also include details of trivial matters, such as a man who likes to open the door naked in Havant.

These cautionary contact lists include notes between colleagues warning of people who present a risk – including those threatening physical or sexual aggression.

This news comes after a barber in Cornwall said he was placed on his council’s cautionary contact list for using a megaphone to warn motorists of traffic wardens.

When contacted by The News, the councils would not reveal the exact details of each incident, although a spokesman for Portsmouth City Council said the council holds two caution alert systems – one by the housing service and the other by the social care service. Combined, these two lists hold around 7,000 alerts.

A spokesman for Portsmouth City Council said: ‘Letting our staff know what to expect behind the door can spare blushes all round, or more seriously help protect staff from dangerous situations.’

Gosport Borough Council said that it holds details of 170 incidents, although it reviews the list regularly and only holds details of people that have been abusive or aggressive, been violent, threatened or attacked staff or have an uncontrollable and aggressive animal.

Fareham Borough Council has details of 14 incidents, and its list is reviewed every six months.

Havant Borough Council said its list is reviewed regularly and is seven long. East Hampshire said its list was 17 long, with two dog incidents.

Most councils said it was policy to notify people of their inclusion on the list, with the option of appealing, although the councils do not always do so, for fear of igniting further tensions.