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ORDERS HELP COMBAT DISORDER IN NOTTINGHAM

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The key role played by local authority lawyers in the fight against anti-social behaviour is highlighted in figures...
The key role played by local authority lawyers in the fight against anti-social behaviour is highlighted in figures released today by Nottingham City Council.

The council has a three-strong legal team working exclusively on anti-social behaviour cases, supporting ten colleagues in the city's housing department who investigate incidents of disruptive behaviour by individuals and groups. Over the past 12 months the legal team has succeeded in obtaining:

- 93 injunctions to prevent anti-social behaviour, 37 of which had powers of arrest attached;

- four anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs), including three against juveniles;

- ten possession of property orders, two of which were suspended;

- seven committals, three of which were suspended.

Among the injunction orders secured was one prohibiting a parent from abusing staff at his daughter's school, whilst one of the ASBOs was against a persistent nuisance whose penalty was exclusion from Nottingham city centre for two years.

As well as dealing with casework, the team has helped to implement a protocol to enable the police and the council to exchange information to bring about a swifter and more integrated response to incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The team has also been involved in training for registered social landlords on legal remedies for anti-social behaviour, and has been asked to advise other local authorities and police forces who face problems of anti-social behaviour or are considering making their first application for an ASBO.

Solicitor Lis Bradshaw said: 'The seriousness with which Nottingham regards and deals with anti-social behaviour is reflected not only in our caseload as legal professionals, but also by the fact that other authorities across the country are very interested to hear how we approach these problems.'

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