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STRAW CALLS FOR MORE USE OF ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ORDERS

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Police and councils are to be told to make much greater use of anti-social behaviour orders as part of a new drive ...
Police and councils are to be told to make much greater use of anti-social behaviour orders as part of a new drive against alcohol-fuelled violence, reports The Guardian (p9).

Jack Straw, the home secretary, is to tell the police they do not need to wait for local authority backing before they take out the orders against loutish behaviour.

They enable the courts to threaten to jail teenagers and neighbours who indulge in persistent disorder which falls short of full-blown criminal behaviour.

So far only 70 orders have been made, mostly against neighbours who engage in criminal behaviour.

But the home secretary will tell the Local Government Association on Wednesday that the orders 'should be used swiftly where circumstances demand it, not just against the very hard cases of unacceptable behaviour'.
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