ASBOs reach Gibraltar

LAST UPDATED: 22 May, 2011 @ 07:47
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ASBOs reach Gibraltar

GIBRALTAR’S troublemakers now face a new threat following the introduction of Anti Social Behaviour Orders – most commonly known as an ASBO.

It comes 13 years after they were first brought to the UK by former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Under the new legislation – still to be ratified by Parliament – the Attorney general can apply to the magistrate’s court for an ASBO on any person aged 10 or over.

A breach of an order would then lead to a fine and imprisonment for up to five years.

It comes as Britain actually looks to axe the controversial ASBO with a new streamlined regime to tackle anti-social behaviour.

ASBOs have come under fire for allowing possible jail sentences for up to five years for behaviour otherwise not considered to be criminal. They are also believed to be ineffectual.

Research by the Home Office found that breaches had risen to over 50 per cent and their use had declined to the lowest levels since being introduced.

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