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NEW RULES HELP COMBAT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which comes into force on Thursday, will give councils and police greater powers t...
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which comes into force on Thursday, will give councils and police greater powers to clamp down on threatening and intimidating behaviour, reports The Guardian (Section 2, p17).

In England several councils have tried to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour by the use of injunctions. But this approach has had limited success because breach of an injunction is not a criminal offence, so the police have no power of enforcement.

The Act attempts to deal with these problems be creating a new type of legal remedy, the anti-social behaviour order, the breach of which will be a criminal offence punishable by up to five years' imprisonment.

The conditions which can be attached to these orders vary, though they must be relevant to the acts committed and the seriousness of the behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour orders, used imaginatively, give police and local authorities a weapon to tackle some of the most intransigent crime and disorder problems.
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