Communities to receive powers against anti-social yobs

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has hailed a fall in anti-social behaviour around South Yorkshire – and said plans announced in the Queen’s Speech should help decrease the problem further.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour in South Yorkshire fell from 127,707 in 2009/10 to 106,213 in 2011/12, a decrease of 16.8 per cent.

Mr Clegg, Sheffield Hallam MP, said plans for a new anti-social behaviour bill will replace measures such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders under which repeated nuisance behaviour could result in jail, but were often breached.

The Government’s proposals involve creating a ‘Community Trigger’, ensuring communities can trigger investigations into anti-social behaviour if they have not been dealt with properly up to that point.

There will also be a Community Remedy giving victims of low-level crime a say in the punishment of offenders.

Mr Clegg said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is important.

“Involving the community in punishing offenders is shown to be effective and can transform how we deal with such behaviour.”