Steve Warns Government Against Scrapping ASBOs(April 24, 2013)
Walton MP Steve Rotheram is urging David Cameron and Theresa May not to scrap ASBOs and has called for faster action to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Liverpool and across Merseyside.
A detailed breakdown obtained by Freedom of Information Requests from Shadow Home Office Minister Gloria De Piero MP and research by statisticians from the House of Commons Library has revealed new figures, which show in the Liverpool City region there were 25,452 reports of anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by the police in 2012.
The figures also paint a revealing picture of the scale of the anti-social behaviour problem at a police force wide area, with Merseyside police force recording 61,116 incidents of anti-social behaviour in 2012
Steve said; “Anti-social behaviour is a serious problem but through Labour’s introduction of ASBOs, Liverpool was starting to make real progress in tackling this problem. 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.
“Cameron is attempting to turn the clock back with 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. People have the right to expect action right away and help to tackle an issue which is a huge worry.”