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Asbos have had their day after a decade.

THE Anti-Social Behaviour Order, or Asbo, was a flagship Labour policy aimed at cracking down on the UK's thug culture. The orders were widely used across Teesside, with more than 300 issued since the policy's introduction in 1999.

But this week, the Home Secretary Theresa May sounded the death knell for the Asbo after new official statistics showed breaches of the orders had risen above 50%, and that their use has fallen to the lowest level yet. Across Teesside, breaches were even higher, with two out of every three of orders broken. Crime reporter NAOMI CORRIGAN looks at how Asbos are applied in our area and assesses what might happen next.

END OF AN ERA: Home Secretary Theresa May, left, has called time on Asbos
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 30, 2010
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