Figures show two thirds of Asbos in Hampshire are breached

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YOBS slapped with anti-social behaviour orders in our area are among the top 10 worst in England and Wales for flouting the penalties, new figures show.

Almost two thirds of Asbos issued in Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the last decade – 63.8 per cent – were breached, according to the Home Office.

The 580 orders handed out across our patch were flouted 1,982 times – an average of 5.3 times per person.

In total 259 of those issued in the period – 44 per cent – were to children aged between 10 and 17.

Now Victim Support is calling for tougher measures to deter repeat offenders.

Steve Mote, divisional manager for Victim Support in Hampshire, said: ‘Anti-social behaviour can have a corrosive effect on people and the communities they live in, causing fear and distress. It’s clear that agencies need to do more to stop repeat offenders.

‘Our experience shows that anti-social behaviour can be tackled by agencies sharing information and working together to develop intervention strategies which also ensure that victims have the support they need.’

Latest statistics from June 2000 to December 31 last year show only six forces in England and Wales have a worse re-offending rate – Greater Manchester, Greater London, Cumbria, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Durham and Dorset.

Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson said tackling anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Hampshire Constabulary.

She said: ‘Anti-social behaviour orders are another tool available which the police and local councils are using successfully, and only where necessary, to curb more unacceptable behaviour. If someone breaches the terms of an order, it gives the police powers to deal an individual through the criminal courts for a situation where those powers wouldn’t otherwise have existed. A breach is therefore a trigger that enables the authorities to take further positive action.’

Roy Goulding, anti-social behaviour unit and community warden manager at Portsmouth City Council, insisted Asbos worked.

He added: ‘Very few Asbos are applied for in Portsmouth, due to our strong partnership approach and early intervention projects. But Asbos that have been issued have successfully stopped behaviour directly linked to a particular case. If an individual chooses not to change their behaviour and repeatedly breaches an Asbo this has serious consequences.’

Across England and Wales 56.5 per cent of the 20,231 Asbos issued were breached.