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Council wins landmark ASBO case

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In a landmark legal victory, West Lancashire DC has thwarted a bid to prevent the extension of an anti social behaviour order (ASBO).

21-year-old Ashley Langley appealed against a decision to vary the terms of his ASBO.

The council had secured an ASBO against Langley in 2004 but he continued to commit offences, including violent crimes, triggering a successful application by West Lancashire to have the order extended in August 2007 before it was due to expire.

In what was the first legal case of its kind, Langley appealed against the extension, triggering a judicial review of the court’s decision.

Following a hearing at the Divisional Court in London last month, Lord Justice Scott Baker and Mr Justice Aikens dismissed the case.

The council says losing the case would have opened the doors to a plethora of appeals against ASBOs nationwide.

Cllr Paul Greenall , portfolio holder for community safety (Con), said: “We are delighted with this landmark victory, especially as it will be used as a good example by local authorities, housing associations and police forces across the country. But the real winners are the people of West Lancashire who will be protected from individuals like Langley who cause untold misery to our community.”

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