Keep ASBOs and act fast to reduce “serious problem”, urges MP

Michael Dugher
Michael Dugher

An MP has urged the Government not to scrap the ASBO, as the high number of incidents across Barnsley and the Dearne is revealed.

Instead, Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher wants faster action to help tackle anti-social behaviour across the borough.

A detailed breakdown researched by statisticians from the House of Commons Library has revealed new figures, which show that in Barnsley, taking in Goldthorpe. Thurnscoe and Bolton, there were 12,719 anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by police last year.

On average, in 2012, there were 55 anti-social behaviour incidents per 1,000 people across the borough.

The figures also paint a revealing picture of the scale of the anti-social behaviour problem within South Yorkshire Police force area.

A total 88,252 incidents of anti-social behaviour were recorded in 2012, with on average 65.7 incidents of anti-social behaviour per 1,000 people. This is the second highest rate in the country, only after incidents per thousand recorded by the Greater Manchester Police.

Mr Dugher said: “Anti-social behaviour is a serious problem. Last year, 12,719 anti-social behaviour incidents in Barnsley were recorded by the police. But the Government is turning 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.

“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.

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