23% drop in anti-social behaviour in Hampshire – Mike Thornton

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Local people will see further action to tackle anti-social behaviour in Hampshire, announced in last week's Queen's Speech.

The news comes as figures reveal that the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour across the county has already fallen by 23% since the Coalition Government came to power thanks to measures supported by the Liberal Democrats.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Bill will build on the Coalition Government’s already impressive record on tackling crime and supporting victims by ending Labour’s discredited ASBOs, which became a rite of passage among some young offenders and were routinely breached by them.

Among other measures, the new legislation will introduce a Community Trigger, ensuring communities can trigger investigations if they have not been dealt with properly up to that point, and a Community Remedy which will give victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a say in the punishment of the offender once they’ve admitted guilt.

Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton said:

"Liberal Democrats want to create a stronger economy in a fairer society. That can only be achieved if our communities feel safe and able to go about their daily business.

"That’s why tackling anti-social behaviour is so important to me and my colleagues. Labour used to talk tough on anti-social behaviour but their record showed a continued failure to deliver safer communities: more than half of their flagship ASBOs were breached.

"Involving the community in punishing anti-social behaviour is shown to be effective and can transform how we deal with such behaviour. Liberal Democrats have introduced these measures to great effect at a local level and will now oversee introducing these proven measures across England ."

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