Speed key to beat yobbish behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is still a problem in our area and we need faster action on crime.

New figures show that in Erewash there were 5,320 anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by the police in 2012. This means just under 50 anti-social behaviour incidents per 1,000 people.

The Government’s official crime survey has revealed that more than eight out of ten people believe anti-social behaviour has risen in England and Wales in the last 12 months and nearly a third said that they had personally been a victim of yobbish behaviour or had witnessed an event in the last 12 months.

As a practicing barrister based in Sandiacre, I am concerned that the Government is turning the clock back with their plans to scrap the ASBO and replace it with a weaker power which carries no criminal sanction for a breach.

The Government’s community trigger, which demands a response if a person has complained three times, just isn’t good enough, in my view.

People have the right to expect action right away and help to tackle an issue which is a huge worry.

Catherine Atkinson,

Springfield Mill, Sandiacre.