25 October 2006
Images of offenders subject to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (CRASBOs) are being published on the Warwickshire Police website.
The Force has taken this unprecedented step to encourage good behaviour by the individuals, to alert the public to the unacceptable conduct of these people in the past and to encourage members of the public to report anyone who has or is breaking the terms of their order.
The initiative is being trialed in South Warwickshire and may be introduced to cover the northern policing area in the future. Click the link below to take you to the section on the main Warwickshire Police website.
Link to Warwickshire's ASBOs and CRASBOs
ASBOs and CRASBOs were introduced in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Since 1998 - 12 ASBOs, 6 CRASBOs and 2 ASBIs have been served on South Warwickshire individuals. The youngest person served with an ASBO was aged twelve and a woman of 73 is currently subject to an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) - served by the County Court on behalf of the CDRP.
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs), Parental Responsibility Contracts (PRCs) and other interventions are voluntary agreements to stop anti-social behaviour at an early stage.
ASBOs and CRASBOs are only applied for as the last resort using evidence provided by members of the community who are being affected by the antisocial behaviour. Any victims or witnesses who provide evidence, are supported throughout the court process by a designated police officer.
ASBOs are issued in the civil courts to protect people from nuisance behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress and are also designed to help offenders turn them away from unacceptable behaviour. An order outlines conditions that forbid the offender from indulging in nuisance behaviour for at least two years.
CRASBOs are sought when criminal activity is anti-socially related. Conditions of a CRASBO may include banning the person from contact with certain friends or acquaintances, entering defined areas or buildings or shopping areas and curfews.
Breach of a ASBO or a CRASBO is a criminal office with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment for an adult or a two year detention and training order for juvenile - 12 months of which is custodial.
When anti-social behaviour of a child is reported:
- the Council write a letter to parent/carer detailing the reasons why the child has come to the Police or Council notice
if the anti-social behaviour continues:
- a police community support officer, police officer or an anti-social behaviour officer visit the home to speak to the parent/carer and the child, to discuss acceptable behaviour contracts
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)
if the anti-social behaviour continues:
- the police community support officer/police officer/anti-social behaviour officer invite the parent/carer and child to police station to draw up an ABC. The Youth Offending Team is involved in this process.
-all parties must agree conditions
-an ABC is in place for 6 months then it is reviewed
if after six months, the conditions of the ABC has not breached, a Well done letter is sent to the child
Well done letter
if during the six months the ABC has been broken, the individual's actions will be discussed at a partnership meeting when the use of an ASBO or further use of an ABC will be considered.
- if a decision is made to apply for an ASBO, evidence about the individuals behaviour is collated and an application for an ASBO is made to the Magistrates Court.
**Speaking about the use of orders, ASBO Manager for South Warwickshire, DC Tina Athwal said: "We recognise the distress that anti-social behaviour has on individuals, families and whole communities. Whilst action by individual agencies can be extremely effective in dealing with anti-social behaviour, partnership working is usually the most effective way, jointly taking positive enforcement action and making the most of the most appropriate legal and other remedies. The District Council ASB Officer is the first point of contact for anyone who wishes to report an incident of anti-social behaviour, although complaints are also received by police and Warwickshire County Council."**
Notes to editors:
If you would like to talk to DC Athwal, please call Di Houlder or Anne Tugwell on 01926 684266 to arrange an interview.