Saturday, 29 September 2007

INVERCLYDE: Asbos on the rise

Asbos on the rise

INVERCLYDE has come fifth in a national league table of asbo shame.

Figures released by the Scottish Government reveal the number of households hit with the orders has rocketed in the past three years.

There were nine asbos handed out in total during 2005 to 2006, compared with none in 2003 to 2004.

But taken as a proportion of the population, the figure translated to 24 asbos per 100,000 Inverclyde households — with just four local authorities recording a higher rate.

Inverclyde Council said 10 asbos were granted during 2006 to 2007, and so far for the current year, four have been given out.

None of the asbos the local authority has applied for have been refused since an anti-social investigation team was formed in 2004.

Inspector Stephen Olej said: “It’s a big plus in Inverclyde that the council and the police have got together and come up with an anti-social behaviour team with sergeants, constables and street wardens.

“They work together and they’re out there taking positive action. The results they’ve had are very encouraging.

“But it’s still too early to say whether the rise in figures is down to increasing anti-social behaviour or down to better enforcement.

“There is a hardcore of individuals who regard them as a badge of honour.”

A spokesperson for Inverclyde Council said: “Since our anti-social behavior service was established in 2004, we’ve made very effective use of all the legislative tools available to us.

“Our greatest success is that, of more than 700 cases, only a handful have not been resolved by informal means, including mediation and acceptable behaviour contracts.”

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