In the Media

'Victor Meldrew syndrome' blamed for demonisation of young people

PUBLISHED November 16, 2005

Grumpy old men suffering from "Victor Meldrew syndrome" are in danger of demonising all young people as yobs and hooligans, a police chief has warned.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, who is in charge of youth crime for the Metropolitan Police, argued that "youthful exuberance" that would have been tolerated 20 years ago was increasingly being described as antisocial behaviour.