Orders made against hundreds for nuisance

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Hundreds of people around South Yorkshire were made subject of anti-social behaviour orders over a 13-year period – but the total is far lower than in other major areas of the north.

Statistics revealed by the Ministry of Justice show there were 543 ASBOs issued in South Yorkshire between 1999 and 2012 – 233 of which were given to 10- to 17-year-olds.

The orders were given to people after persistent nuisance or low-level criminal behaviour, and could trigger a jail sentence if breached.

But the total number of ASBOs in South Yorkshire was less than one third of the 1,029 in Merseyside, 1,754 given out in West Yorkshire, 2,151 in Greater Manchester and 2,860 in Greater London.

Slightly more ASBOs were also given out in Northumbria – 555.

South Yorkshire’s figure for ASBOs given out to people aged 10 to 17 was again much lower than in West Yorkshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and London.

The orders – endorsed by the former Labour government and its leading members including Sheffield MP David Blunkett – were hailed as a way of ensuring people who blighted their communities could be brought to justice and forced to toe the line.

But critics said they were increasingly viewed as a ‘badge of honour’ among tearaways and did not work.

Separate Government figures showed young offenders are more likely to reoffend now than 10 years ago.

Nearly 36 per cent of convicts aged under 21 committed more crimes when released in 2011 – up two per cent on figures for 2000.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the youth reoffending figures ‘highlighted the need for an overhaul’ of rehabilitation work with criminals.