Young campaigner wants anti-teen alarm to ‘buzz off’

Western Telegraph: SIGN HERE: Twenty-one-year-old Gareth Bromhall wants local people to back his campaign against the 'mosquito' alarm at Milford Haven Library. PICTURE: Milford Mercury. (7809504) SIGN HERE: Twenty-one-year-old Gareth Bromhall wants local people to back his campaign against the 'mosquito' alarm at Milford Haven Library. PICTURE: Milford Mercury. (7809504)

A HIGH-pitched alarm designed to stop teenagers loitering in public places has come under fire from a local campaign group.

Twenty-one-year-old Gareth Bromhall, from Milford Haven, is leading a campaign to get a controversial ‘Mosquito anti-loitering device’ removed from outside Milford Haven Library.

Installed in 2012 following complaints from Cedar Court tenants about littering, vandalism and antisocial behaviour, the ‘mosquito’ device emits a high-frequency noise that can only be hear by people under 25.

Former care worker Gareth, who suffers from anxiety and depression, says the device discriminates against young people, and is particularly harmful to people with autism, mental illness or mobility problems.

Gareth first heard the alarm earlier this year, when he visited the library to pick up some books prescribed to him by his doctor to help with his condition.

“As soon as I got out the car there was this really high-pitched screech, it was horrible,” said Gareth.

After contacting the Port of Milford Haven, which owns the library building, Gareth was told that the alarm is only meant to go off when the library is shut, and that a fault had occurred.

Gareth says he is now too afraid to visit the library in case the alarm goes off again and triggers a panic attack, and is fighting to get the device replaced with “less invasive” technology such as CCTV.

He has started a Facebook campaign group, and will be launching a petition against its use this Saturday (July 5) at 11am, outside Milford Haven Town Hall.

As well as encouragement from friends and family, Gareth has received support from Unite Community, anti-youth unemployment campaigners Youth Fight For Jobs, and Pembrokeshire-based organisation Cwtch, which supports young adults with chronic health conditions.

“The reason we’re doing this is because we see it as part of a wider attack on young people,” said Gareth.

“If you type Mosquito device into the internet the first thing you see a picture of two young people in hoodies.

“Not all teenagers or young people are ‘youths’ – we’re not all bad people.”

But Port of Milford Haven spokesman Mark Andrews defended the alarm’s use, saying there had been “a marked drop” in incidents of anti-social behaviour since its introduction.

“There has been some confusion in reports about the nature of this device,” he added.

“It is legal and used regularly in shopping and other public areas across the UK where it has been extremely successful preventing anti-social behaviour.”

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5:34pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

I think it's agreat idea to keep those brats away
I think it's agreat idea to keep those brats away Tttoommy
  • Score: -17

6:11pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

Well Gareth, your cohort is responsible for all sorts of anti social behaviour hence the alarm. When they learn how to behave themselves then the alarms will not be necessary.
Well Gareth, your cohort is responsible for all sorts of anti social behaviour hence the alarm. When they learn how to behave themselves then the alarms will not be necessary. Flashbang
  • Score: -14

6:45pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Captai Cadet says...

Im under 25 and if you realized how much pain it causes to us you would realize why we want to get rid of them and how horrid they are! The high pitch gives you a killing headache afterwards and you do feel sometimes really sick. I agree with him and i think they should be banned as they are against human rights i believe as they are used to stop us going to places where we are entitled to go!
Im under 25 and if you realized how much pain it causes to us you would realize why we want to get rid of them and how horrid they are! The high pitch gives you a killing headache afterwards and you do feel sometimes really sick. I agree with him and i think they should be banned as they are against human rights i believe as they are used to stop us going to places where we are entitled to go! Captai Cadet
  • Score: 13

8:58pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.
Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences. Flashbang
  • Score: 1

9:49am Thu 3 Jul 14

simorris says...

As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying.

Whilst some younger people do not appreciate the use of Mosquito, they fail to consider the misery that some people are subjected to on a daily basis, even in their own homes. One has to look at both sides of the problem.

We are happy to assist with ensuring that the devices are used correctly as they are not intended to create 'no go' areas.

Si Morris
As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying. Whilst some younger people do not appreciate the use of Mosquito, they fail to consider the misery that some people are subjected to on a daily basis, even in their own homes. One has to look at both sides of the problem. We are happy to assist with ensuring that the devices are used correctly as they are not intended to create 'no go' areas. Si Morris simorris
  • Score: -7

10:27am Thu 3 Jul 14

enthusiasticmisfit says...

Anti social behaviour isn't exclusive to young people. I find it highly discriminatory lumping all young people together- how would that be received if we assumed everyone of a particular race or religion would be badly behaved?
With these sort of devices only the middle aged are legitimately allowed to be in PUBLIC places- why should under 25's be excluded if they are doing no harm?

Ageism legislation in the UK only protects the old and not the young- how can it be right to target a whole segment of society with devices like the Mosquito when the majority of young people aren't out to be blight on society? Maybe the older people pre-judging the young should look at how they would wish to be perceived themselves- as individuals or as just another one of the 'elderly'
Anti social behaviour isn't exclusive to young people. I find it highly discriminatory lumping all young people together- how would that be received if we assumed everyone of a particular race or religion would be badly behaved? With these sort of devices only the middle aged are legitimately allowed to be in PUBLIC places- why should under 25's be excluded if they are doing no harm? Ageism legislation in the UK only protects the old and not the young- how can it be right to target a whole segment of society with devices like the Mosquito when the majority of young people aren't out to be blight on society? Maybe the older people pre-judging the young should look at how they would wish to be perceived themselves- as individuals or as just another one of the 'elderly' enthusiasticmisfit
  • Score: 29

10:42am Thu 3 Jul 14

purple_snails22 says...

I'm 25, I'm a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. I can hear the device, I've been subjected to it when I've been out and about with the people I support. I think these devices are almost as bad as homeless spikes. All they will do is drive young people away from one area to another. Why not give our youth something to do! Young people need job opportunities, free education and somewhere to enjoy themselves. Not to be discriminated against and treated like pests!
I'm 25, I'm a support worker for adults with learning disabilities. I can hear the device, I've been subjected to it when I've been out and about with the people I support. I think these devices are almost as bad as homeless spikes. All they will do is drive young people away from one area to another. Why not give our youth something to do! Young people need job opportunities, free education and somewhere to enjoy themselves. Not to be discriminated against and treated like pests! purple_snails22
  • Score: 19

11:36am Thu 3 Jul 14

garethbtomhall says...

This is Gareth Bromhall. Thank you, to the people who understand why this device is being removed, its not about letting young people run wild, it is about letting young people have fair access to the library, and we are calling for a less invasive techniques to deal with anti social behaviour and not discriminating against young, disabled, mentally ill or chronically ill people.

I am PUBLICLY STATING THAT I HAVE NOT HAD ANY CONTACT WITH SIMON MORRIS or his company until a very hostile phone call a few minutes ago. HE IS LYING ABOUT CONTACTING ME BEFORE TODAY, I HAVE NO EVIDENCE OF HIM CONTACTING ME BEFORE A PONE CALL THAT I made today, and his company is slowly being exposed for using false reports or using information without the use of the the permission of the body who produced it, the first of which being the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health who have informed me that his company is using material they produced without permission.

We have the support of local charities, national youth organisations and unite the union and the campaign is looking into any legal or medical evidence to support our case to have the device removed. 6 local authorities in England and Scotland have banned the use of the mosquito device and I am working with the equalities commission and liberty to build a case to get this Sonic weapon taken off our local library.

if anyone who is supportive, the person who has experienced the headaches (I get them to) and the you worker in particular, of our campaign, please get in touch with me, our launch demonstration is Milford Haven town hall, 11 am on Saturday the Th of July.
This is Gareth Bromhall. Thank you, to the people who understand why this device is being removed, its not about letting young people run wild, it is about letting young people have fair access to the library, and we are calling for a less invasive techniques to deal with anti social behaviour and not discriminating against young, disabled, mentally ill or chronically ill people. I am PUBLICLY STATING THAT I HAVE NOT HAD ANY CONTACT WITH SIMON MORRIS or his company until a very hostile phone call a few minutes ago. HE IS LYING ABOUT CONTACTING ME BEFORE TODAY, I HAVE NO EVIDENCE OF HIM CONTACTING ME BEFORE A PONE CALL THAT I made today, and his company is slowly being exposed for using false reports or using information without the use of the the permission of the body who produced it, the first of which being the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health who have informed me that his company is using material they produced without permission. We have the support of local charities, national youth organisations and unite the union and the campaign is looking into any legal or medical evidence to support our case to have the device removed. 6 local authorities in England and Scotland have banned the use of the mosquito device and I am working with the equalities commission and liberty to build a case to get this Sonic weapon taken off our local library. if anyone who is supportive, the person who has experienced the headaches (I get them to) and the you worker in particular, of our campaign, please get in touch with me, our launch demonstration is Milford Haven town hall, 11 am on Saturday the Th of July. garethbtomhall
  • Score: 14

3:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

andoman says...

I don't get it... the alarm isn't on during library opening hours and no one lives around there. What's the issue? And what do the people who run other businesses there think?

Speed cameras are really annoying but I have a choice whether to drive past them too fast and get fined or avoid the fine by going slow. If I want to avoid their intrusion altogether I go another way....
I don't get it... the alarm isn't on during library opening hours and no one lives around there. What's the issue? And what do the people who run other businesses there think? Speed cameras are really annoying but I have a choice whether to drive past them too fast and get fined or avoid the fine by going slow. If I want to avoid their intrusion altogether I go another way.... andoman
  • Score: 8

3:53pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Electra1 says...

andoman wrote:
I don't get it... the alarm isn't on during library opening hours and no one lives around there. What's the issue? And what do the people who run other businesses there think?

Speed cameras are really annoying but I have a choice whether to drive past them too fast and get fined or avoid the fine by going slow. If I want to avoid their intrusion altogether I go another way....
If the alarm is only on when the library is closed what is the problem?
[quote][p][bold]andoman[/bold] wrote: I don't get it... the alarm isn't on during library opening hours and no one lives around there. What's the issue? And what do the people who run other businesses there think? Speed cameras are really annoying but I have a choice whether to drive past them too fast and get fined or avoid the fine by going slow. If I want to avoid their intrusion altogether I go another way....[/p][/quote]If the alarm is only on when the library is closed what is the problem? Electra1
  • Score: 9

4:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

simorris says...

HI,

My contact with you Gareth was via your facebook page on Wednesday, about 18 hours before you called me on Thursday (today) morning. I have a screen shot of my posts with times if anyone wants to see it.

Si Morris
HI, My contact with you Gareth was via your facebook page on Wednesday, about 18 hours before you called me on Thursday (today) morning. I have a screen shot of my posts with times if anyone wants to see it. Si Morris simorris
  • Score: -6

6:20pm Thu 3 Jul 14

garethbtomhall says...

Simon, once again... this is a fabrication, I have had no contact from your before I telephoned you this morning. There is nothing on my page, in my inbox, or on any of the pages that I administer. THIS IS ANOTHER LIE, ANOTHER FABRICATION. Also, although you manufacture the device, this discussion is between the people of Milford Haven and the Port Authority, it is frankly none of your business.
Simon, once again... this is a fabrication, I have had no contact from your before I telephoned you this morning. There is nothing on my page, in my inbox, or on any of the pages that I administer. THIS IS ANOTHER LIE, ANOTHER FABRICATION. Also, although you manufacture the device, this discussion is between the people of Milford Haven and the Port Authority, it is frankly none of your business. garethbtomhall
  • Score: -2

7:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Captai Cadet says...

Flashbang wrote:
Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.
So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them!
[quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.[/p][/quote]So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them! Captai Cadet
  • Score: 3

7:52pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Captai Cadet says...

simorris wrote:
As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying.

Whilst some younger people do not appreciate the use of Mosquito, they fail to consider the misery that some people are subjected to on a daily basis, even in their own homes. One has to look at both sides of the problem.

We are happy to assist with ensuring that the devices are used correctly as they are not intended to create 'no go' areas.

Si Morris
Ok this is coming from a young person who understands these.
Although quite, it "white washes" all the sound around you and it is painful and very difficult to get away from it - you try having it blast at you all the time when you were young.
Painful of immediate: after about 5 seconds of exposer.
As I said not all young people are thugs or cause misery to the older generation - most of them actually help them out when they need it or at least offer and i feel that we again are being labeled as thugs!
How is it 100% legal in the EU? This I feel is used to restrict people acceptability of an area also.
A 3 year old kid would be in pain if they hear it and if they are strapped into a pram and there mother doesn't realize that there is a mosquito alarm there - it is going to cause problems as the child will probably stay there while the mother tries to comfort him/her and it will just make a problem worse.
As i said i am a youth and I also am raising the concerns of the youth here!
[quote][p][bold]simorris[/bold] wrote: As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying. Whilst some younger people do not appreciate the use of Mosquito, they fail to consider the misery that some people are subjected to on a daily basis, even in their own homes. One has to look at both sides of the problem. We are happy to assist with ensuring that the devices are used correctly as they are not intended to create 'no go' areas. Si Morris[/p][/quote]Ok this is coming from a young person who understands these. Although quite, it "white washes" all the sound around you and it is painful and very difficult to get away from it - you try having it blast at you all the time when you were young. Painful of immediate: after about 5 seconds of exposer. As I said not all young people are thugs or cause misery to the older generation - most of them actually help them out when they need it or at least offer and i feel that we again are being labeled as thugs! How is it 100% legal in the EU? This I feel is used to restrict people acceptability of an area also. A 3 year old kid would be in pain if they hear it and if they are strapped into a pram and there mother doesn't realize that there is a mosquito alarm there - it is going to cause problems as the child will probably stay there while the mother tries to comfort him/her and it will just make a problem worse. As i said i am a youth and I also am raising the concerns of the youth here! Captai Cadet
  • Score: 15

11:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

garethbtomhall says...

I have been with gareth all day yesterday and today and i categorically
state that Simon (Si) Morris Msc (marketing) has made no attempt to contact my son by any means until Gareth rang the Company this morning , those of you that know me in Milford will understand the validity of this statement . Simon Morris is the Commercial director of compound secuirity systems limited who manufacture the Mosquito Device. si moris wrote:


As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying.

Simon Morris has a degree in marketing not sound engineering or any other scientific subject . I will leave readers to make their own conclusions regarding the independent "research" document on the Compound Security Systems Website
I have been with gareth all day yesterday and today and i categorically state that Simon (Si) Morris Msc (marketing) has made no attempt to contact my son by any means until Gareth rang the Company this morning , those of you that know me in Milford will understand the validity of this statement . Simon Morris is the Commercial director of compound secuirity systems limited who manufacture the Mosquito Device. si moris wrote: As the manufacturer, we have contacted Gareth and offered to assist in helping get the Mosquito device working correctly only when there is a problem occurring, or outside opening hours, but have had no response. The Mosquito device has been ruled as 100% legal in all EU countries, it is NOT a weapon, it is not loud, painful of immediate, simply highly annoying. Simon Morris has a degree in marketing not sound engineering or any other scientific subject . I will leave readers to make their own conclusions regarding the independent "research" document on the Compound Security Systems Website garethbtomhall
  • Score: -3

2:30am Fri 4 Jul 14

garethbtomhall says...

The last post by me was in fact written by my father (A psychiatric nurse) who is also part of the campaign and has undertaken is continuing to do extensive research on the campaigns behalf and was justifiably upset by the FALSE comments made by Mr Morris and his interference in a local dispute in which he has no part to play. Morris is simply trying to protect his commercial interest and has obliviously decided that I am a target, for being so active, vocal and visible in my condemnation of this "Safe Deterrent" that my campaign, it's supporters and many around the UK and the EU still consider to be a weapon that is targeted unfairly at young and vulnerable people. We, the campaign will have our demonstration on Saturday morning, and will begin a dialogue with the Port Authority, early next week. Gareth Bromhall, Proud leader of the anti mosquito device campaign in Milford Haven.
The last post by me was in fact written by my father (A psychiatric nurse) who is also part of the campaign and has undertaken is continuing to do extensive research on the campaigns behalf and was justifiably upset by the FALSE comments made by Mr Morris and his interference in a local dispute in which he has no part to play. Morris is simply trying to protect his commercial interest and has obliviously decided that I am a target, for being so active, vocal and visible in my condemnation of this "Safe Deterrent" that my campaign, it's supporters and many around the UK and the EU still consider to be a weapon that is targeted unfairly at young and vulnerable people. We, the campaign will have our demonstration on Saturday morning, and will begin a dialogue with the Port Authority, early next week. Gareth Bromhall, Proud leader of the anti mosquito device campaign in Milford Haven. garethbtomhall
  • Score: 0

6:49am Fri 4 Jul 14

Electra1 says...

Captai Cadet wrote:
Flashbang wrote:
Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.
So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them!
I thought it only worked when the library was closed?
[quote][p][bold]Captai Cadet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.[/p][/quote]So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them![/p][/quote]I thought it only worked when the library was closed? Electra1
  • Score: 5

2:16pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Captai Cadet says...

Electra1 wrote:
Captai Cadet wrote:
Flashbang wrote:
Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.
So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them!
I thought it only worked when the library was closed?
So why is it on during opening times then? looks like people forget to turn it off as they cant hear that pulsing sound...
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Captai Cadet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Flashbang[/bold] wrote: Captai Cadet, with rights there are also responsibilities. If the young want to stuff it up for everyone else then expect consequences.[/p][/quote]So were not allowed to go to a library to pick up some books without having pulsing sound blasted at us! Why are we all thought as thugs when everyone over 25 becomes angles? Most of us "youth" as you might say it are not thugs but are treated like them![/p][/quote]I thought it only worked when the library was closed?[/p][/quote]So why is it on during opening times then? looks like people forget to turn it off as they cant hear that pulsing sound... Captai Cadet
  • Score: 1

7:01pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Flashbang says...

Tomtomtomtom,
" Maybe YOUR COHORT should have put more effort into making this world a better place for your children, then they wouldn't have been so dissalutioned with it as to mindlessly destroy it with their selfish litter, vandalism and noise. "
If you look at your quote you'll see that you have answered your own question, mindlessly destroying, littering, vandalism and noise. That's why the device was put there in the first place. Try some logic and joined up thinking (and spell check disillusioned) before you go shooting yourself in the foot.
Now whose head is up their arse? Idiot
Tomtomtomtom, " Maybe YOUR COHORT should have put more effort into making this world a better place for your children, then they wouldn't have been so dissalutioned with it as to mindlessly destroy it with their selfish litter, vandalism and noise. " If you look at your quote you'll see that you have answered your own question, mindlessly destroying, littering, vandalism and noise. That's why the device was put there in the first place. Try some logic and joined up thinking (and spell check disillusioned) before you go shooting yourself in the foot. Now whose head is up their arse? Idiot Flashbang
  • Score: 4

8:26am Sat 5 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

garethbtomhall wrote:
Simon, once again... this is a fabrication, I have had no contact from your before I telephoned you this morning. There is nothing on my page, in my inbox, or on any of the pages that I administer. THIS IS ANOTHER LIE, ANOTHER FABRICATION. Also, although you manufacture the device, this discussion is between the people of Milford Haven and the Port Authority, it is frankly none of your business.
Oh girls, get a room- we don't care
[quote][p][bold]garethbtomhall[/bold] wrote: Simon, once again... this is a fabrication, I have had no contact from your before I telephoned you this morning. There is nothing on my page, in my inbox, or on any of the pages that I administer. THIS IS ANOTHER LIE, ANOTHER FABRICATION. Also, although you manufacture the device, this discussion is between the people of Milford Haven and the Port Authority, it is frankly none of your business.[/p][/quote]Oh girls, get a room- we don't care Tttoommy
  • Score: 2

10:44am Sat 5 Jul 14

William 1 says...

Excuse me there a police station literally 10 seconds away from the library. Wouldn't be great to have beat officers patrolling again! Ah well blame it on police cuts!
Excuse me there a police station literally 10 seconds away from the library. Wouldn't be great to have beat officers patrolling again! Ah well blame it on police cuts! William 1
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

William 1 wrote:
Excuse me there a police station literally 10 seconds away from the library. Wouldn't be great to have beat officers patrolling again! Ah well blame it on police cuts!
Going by the investigations the Police have conducted in the past do you really think they'd find anyone guilty of anything? nudge,nudge,wink,win
k
[quote][p][bold]William 1[/bold] wrote: Excuse me there a police station literally 10 seconds away from the library. Wouldn't be great to have beat officers patrolling again! Ah well blame it on police cuts![/p][/quote]Going by the investigations the Police have conducted in the past do you really think they'd find anyone guilty of anything? nudge,nudge,wink,win k Tttoommy
  • Score: -1

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