Scrapping ASBOs will ‘make things worse’ claims MP, as Manchester exposed as yob capital of UK

By Helen Le Caplain

Manchester was revealed as the yob capital of the UK yesterday.

A Freedom of Information request from Labour’s Gloria De Piero showed that the city has more reports of anti social behaviour than anywhere else in the country.

Figures illustrate that in Manchester there were 52,950 anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by police in 2012.

This means on average there were 105.2 anti-social behaviour incidents per 1,000 people in Manchester in 2012, making Manchester the most affected local authority.

Greater Manchester saw 229,714 recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in 2012, an average of 85.6 anti-social behaviour incidents per 1,000 people.   

In light of these figures Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell is urging the government not to scrap ASBOs

She said: “The figures show why it is ridiculous for the government to consider turning the clock back with their 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.”

“It is communities like ours in Manchester which suffer when crime increases and I know from talking to my constituents that the last thing they want is for the police to have less power to deal with anti-social behaviour.

“I worry that we will see crime getting worse as a result of the Government’s plans and I will be writing to the Home Secretary asking her to think again.”

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