Steve highlights huge fall in the number of ASBO’s in West Midlands as authorities are left in limbo

Steve McCabe has criticised the Home Secretary for diluting measures to tackle anti-social behaviour without a plan to replace them.

 

Steve McCabe has criticised the Home Secretary for diluting measures to tackle anti-social behaviour without a plan to replace them.

The latest official figures show that the number of ASBOs issued in the West Midlands has fallen each year since the Government took office.


A detailed breakdown obtained through FOI requests has also revealed that in the first six months of 2012 only 10 ASBOs were issued in the West Midlands, this is compared to 90 ASBO’s issued in 2010.

Steve said:

“The Home Secretary Theresa May has trashed the tools used to tackle anti-social behaviour so it’s no wonder use is falling"
 
“Theresa May took an irresponsible gamble with our community’s safety when she declared ‘It’s time to move beyond the ASBO’. That was over two years ago and we are still waiting for her to bring forward legislation for its replacement. She has left police and local councils in a state of confusion which is clearly reflected in the reduction of ASBO’s issued.”

 “My consultation on local policing revealed that the majority of people are worried about anti-social behaviour and feel the police don’t always have the tools and resources to deal with it effectively. At a meeting I held recently about policing my constituents were very clear that the police and the new Police and Crime Commissioner should make tackling anti-social behaviour a priority.

 

“What I want to know is why the Home Secretary is watering down anti-social behaviour tools and why frontline police officers are being cut.”

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