Concern at fall in ASBO cases

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The number of Anti Social Behaviour Orders granted in South Yorkshire has hit a 10-year low, a Labour MP has revealed.

Rosie Winterton, who represents Doncaster Central, said only 22 orders were issued last year, compared with 43 in 2010.

ASBOs - court orders which can ban a person from threatening, intimidating or disruptive actions or spending time with particular people or visiting certain areas - were introduced in 1998.

In 2005, a total of 104 were issued across the county.

She claimed authorities have been deterred from using the orders by the current Government. Ms Winterton said: “The Government has trashed the measures Labour introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour, but hasn’t introduced anything new.”