Nia Griffith, MP for Llanelli and shadow Wales minister, is calling on UK Government ministers to keep the ASBO after figures obtained by Freedom of Information Requests show that 23,718 incidents of anti-social behaviour occurred in Dyfed Powys in 2012.
The ASBO is due to be replaced with the weaker ‘Community Trigger’, carrying no criminal sanction in the result of a breach, and requiring three complaints. The Government’s own crime survey shows that more than 80% of people think incidents have risen in the past year with over a third either being a victim, or witnessing incidents.
Nia Griffith MP, said:
“The UK Government doesn’t seem to understand the seriousness of anti-social behaviour and the negative impact it has on local communities. By abolishing the ASBO the Tories and Lib Dems are failing communities and people across Dyfed Powys.”
“UK Government ministers need to wake up to the reality of what abolishing ASBOs will mean and think again about scrapping them.”
“As well as failing to punish and deter anti-social behaviour, the new plans would be more expensive for Police forces, local authorities and social housing providers.”