Thursday, June 30, 2005

ASBO Update

THE number of antisocial behaviour orders handed out soared last year after the Prime Minister urged their use against yobbish behaviour.

A total of 2,555 orders were issued, compared with 1,040 in the previous year.

Greater Manchester had the highest number in England and Wales, followed by London and West Yorkshire, according to Home Office figures published yesterday.

The figures show that 4,649 orders have been handed out since they were introduced in April 1999. After a slow take-up by police and local councils, the number being issued has risen fast.

The figures did not show how many orders have been breached but statistics published in March showed that the proportion was more than four out of ten.

The Times 30/6/05

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