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THE anti-teen "Mosquito" will be banned on all council-owned buildings in Plymouth – if the city's Cabinet accepts a report next month.
A panel set up to study the use of the device wants the council to tackle anti-social behaviour by hiring more frontline youth workers instead.
A report to November's Cabinet meeting calls for an audit to find out which private buildings have Mosquitoes fitted.
The panel says that the Mosquito device does not tackle anti-social behaviour, but only moves it on.
"The devices should not be used until there is clear evidence about whether or not they pose a risk to heath," the report says. Anti-social behaviour is a criminal offence, and should be dealt with by the police.
The panel was told that there was evidence that the indiscriminate use of Mosquitoes could have a detrimental effect on people with autism and Aspergers syndrome.
The Mosquito emits a high-pitched sound which is intolerable to those under 25, but inaudible to older people.
It is widely used nationwide to stop young people from congregating in places such as shopping centres.
"If there was a device targeted at black people there would be an uproar."