Theresa May unfolds new 'toolkit' to tackle antisocial behaviour
The home secretary, , is to speed up and intensify action against antisocial behaviour, saying her plans to scrap asbos have been misunderstood.
May told the Guardian that the term, asbo, would be dropped and she would cut the category of antisocial behaviour offences from 19 to five as part of a process of making "the toolkit of measures" less prescriptive, bureaucratic and costly. She is due to issue a consultation paper in a fortnight.
She admitted that a speech delivered after she became home secretary entitled "Moving beyond the asbo" had been interpreted by some as indifference to the issue, but she will now announce she is keeping some elements of the previous regime but will be changing emphasis.
were brought in by Tony Blair as part of his Respect agenda in 1999 but they were criticised for being counterproductive because they became a "badge of honour" for some offenders.
Since 2005, the issuing of asbos has fallen by almost half after the Home Office stopped pushing local authorities and police forces to use the measure. Now asbos are more often attached to a criminal conviction than used to try to prevent offending.
A court of appeal ruling meant an asbo required a criminal, rather than civil, burden of proof, making them expensive and slow compared with informal warnings. The breach rate for asbos has risen, from less than 40% in 2003 to 56% by the end of 2009, with 41% being breached more than once.
Despite their waning use, the chief inspector of constabulary has warned that instances of antisocial behaviour occur every two seconds.
May's change to the asbo regime will be published alongside other measures to prevent incidents such as the 2007 case of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her 18-year-old daughter Francecca after the pair suffered a decade of bullying by locals in Leicestershire. An inquest later criticised police handling of the case.
The Mail on Sunday reported that a police and social responsibility bill would force the police to investigate any report of antisocial behaviour if five separate households complained.
forces which failed to protect victims of antisocial behaviour could be sued for compensation if people felt their concerns had not been heeded.
The bill will also include measures encouraging communities to act together to deal with unruly behaviour.
A new government website will be launched showing where crimes are committed, allowing members of the public to monitor crime levels.
But May said the asbo regime would be partially continued. Officers will get more discretion to deal with offenders such as forcing them to make amends on the spot, clearing up their own graffiti or repairing property, rather than the more lengthy route involving the courts.
May will propose five new measures that still give police very wide powers:
• A "criminal behaviour order" that could, for instance, see someone who is convicted of being drunk and disorderly banned from a town centre for two years.
• A civil "crime prevention injunction" which could be obtained within "hours rather than months".
• Court orders to close a property where there has been persistent disorder.
• Fines for people who have been a persistent nuisance and harmed the quality of life in an area.
• A "direction to leave" which will see any individual causing or likely to cause crime directed away from a particular place and "related items" confiscated.
May told the Guardian: "What we had was a government saying they are doing something on antisocial behaviour yet people at local level seeing things happening on their streets and feeling this great thing called asbo the government had announced had been put on X [an individual] and then nothing much changing because the local authorities and the police said it is all very difficult and bureaucratic.
"A lot of what is being pushed into the antisocial heading has, in the past, been seen as crime, but the trouble is that it has not been taken seriously because it was given that kind of antisocial heading."
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