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COMBATTING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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Home secretary David Blunkett has unveiled proposals to boost the effectiveness of measures against anti-social beh...
Home secretary David Blunkett has unveiled proposals to boost the effectiveness of measures against anti-social behaviour - in particular, to update and slim down, the procedure for gaining Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.

These orders are a fast track to civil legal action against those committing disorder in the community.

The proposals being considered include:

* An interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order - to enable immediate action to be taken prior to going through the full process.

* An Anti-Social Behaviour Order which would 'travel' with the person on whom it is served. This will tackle the problem of people moving to other areas and resuming their anti-social behaviour.

* Looking to extend the scope of the Orders by allowing registered social landlords and the British Transport Police, to apply.

* Exploring with the lord chancellor's department to see if there might be a role for county courts in making Orders, for example where the court is dealing with applications for evictions or injunctions.

* Proposals to tackle variations in detection rates between forces, and give support to staff and police through the new powers and increased visibility of uniformed officers - using the standards unit to ensure that differences in performance are ironed out.

Mr Blunkett said:

'Tackling anti-social behaviour on housing estates and on the streets of the most difficult areas is key to addressing the fear of crime and reinforcing the task of communities to build securer and safer neighbourhoods.'

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