Scrapping Asbos will not help protect public, Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts warns

Daily Echo: Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts Southampton City Council leader Simon Letts

SWEEPING away Asbos will make it harder to protect the public from yobs, Southampton’s council leader has warned.

Councillor Simon Letts raised the alarm over plans to replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) with a new Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (Ipna).

Crucially – unlike Asbos – police will be unable to automatically arrest someone who breaches the proposed new punishment.

That means local authorities will have to apply to a court for a separate arrest warrant, before they can take action against someone breaking the terms of an Ipna.

And that, critics are warning, will make it much harder to crack down quickly on troublemakers making the lives of ordinary people a misery.

Now Cllr Letts is among leading councillors and city centre business leaders, who are urging Home Secretary Theresa May to think again.

He told the Daily Echo: “It will be a backward step to remove this clear, specific cause of action.

“It will make it harder and more expensive to get the outcome that the public wants – which is that, when people cause a nuisance, something is done about that quickly.

“We know that Asbos are breached 50 per cent of the time. Westminster City Council is keen to put pressure on ministers about this – and so am I.”

The flagship Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill cleared the Commons without the issue causing controversy.

However, a clash is looming in the House of Lords, where a Conservative peer has tabled an amendment to try to bolster the power to act against troublemakers.

At present, the legislation only triggers the power of arrest when an Ipna is breached if there is a threat of violence or a “significant risk of harm to others”.

The amendment would allow police to arrest someone for a breach if their behaviour has been of an “intentionally or potentially persistent nature”.

The Home Secretary announced the Asbo overhaul 18 months ago, insisting it would help the police and councils because the new orders would require a lower burden of proof.

Someone can be given an Ipna if they act in a way that is “capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person”.

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1:57pm Sun 15 Dec 13

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

rubbish ,about time the swines were taken to task ,big fines will change their tune.
rubbish ,about time the swines were taken to task ,big fines will change their tune. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

3:37pm Sun 15 Dec 13

loosehead says...

ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press?
ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press? loosehead

4:56pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press?
More to the point .... have you researched it ....... Or ....... dont tell me !! .. you have got one !!!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press?[/p][/quote]More to the point .... have you researched it ....... Or ....... dont tell me !! .. you have got one !!! Lone Ranger.

9:09pm Sun 15 Dec 13

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press?
More to the point .... have you researched it ....... Or ....... dont tell me !! .. you have got one !!!
never had an Asbo & never attacked old people or the infirm I have been in trouble in the past as I supported Saints & the friends I went with always seemed to get in trouble & I got dragged into it.
I decided to change & joined the TA then when I left I joined a Rugby club & played for over 20 years.
I always pleaded guilty if I indeed was but never would I get up to this never would I hurt anyone who wasn't out to hurt me.
I would rather help old people or anyone who are just not in the position to do manual work rather than attack them.
No matter what you think of me surely Councillor you must know that those who get Asbo's openly brag about it?
teaching/coaching Rugby to some Oasis boys & one was swearing & trying to cause a fight his classmates said he wants an Asbo so he can look tough now does that sound like it's a deterrent?
Maybe make them attend week end boot camps or something similar might do the job but this is a social problem not a political fight
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: ASBO's are seen as a badge of merit & are to be boasted about & are no longer a deterrent or hasn't Cllr Letts researched this before he went to press?[/p][/quote]More to the point .... have you researched it ....... Or ....... dont tell me !! .. you have got one !!![/p][/quote]never had an Asbo & never attacked old people or the infirm I have been in trouble in the past as I supported Saints & the friends I went with always seemed to get in trouble & I got dragged into it. I decided to change & joined the TA then when I left I joined a Rugby club & played for over 20 years. I always pleaded guilty if I indeed was but never would I get up to this never would I hurt anyone who wasn't out to hurt me. I would rather help old people or anyone who are just not in the position to do manual work rather than attack them. No matter what you think of me surely Councillor you must know that those who get Asbo's openly brag about it? teaching/coaching Rugby to some Oasis boys & one was swearing & trying to cause a fight his classmates said he wants an Asbo so he can look tough now does that sound like it's a deterrent? Maybe make them attend week end boot camps or something similar might do the job but this is a social problem not a political fight loosehead

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