South Yorkshire MP’s anger at Government over ASBOs

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has expressed concern at the lack of anti-social behaviour orders issued in the county to curb the behaviour of yobs.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, has revealed the number of ASBOs issued in South Yorkshire fell by 49 per cent last year – with 22 handed out in 2011, compared to 43 the year before.

In the first six months of 2012, just five were handed out.

Mr Dugher said: “The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has trashed the tools used to tackle anti-social behaviour, so it’s no wonder ASBO use is falling.

“She took an irresponsible gamble with our community’s safety when she declared ‘it’s time to move beyond the ASBO’.

“That was more than two years ago and we are still waiting for her to bring forward legislation for its replacement.

“Communities have been left without the tools to crack down on loutish behaviour which blights the lives of so many.”

Chief Inspector Colin Mcfarlane, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “South Yorkshire Police are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour and reducing the impact it can have on people’s lives. South Yorkshire has experienced a 25 per cent fall in reports of anti-social behaviour compared to the same period last year.

“In order to gain further reductions, we utilise any new anti-social behaviour powers granted to the police and local authorities as a result of the white paper Putting victims first – more effective responses to anti-social behaviour.”