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YOBS IGNORE ASBOS; 116 Mersey orders breached by 71 thugs in six months.

Byline: By LUKE TRAYNOR

AN ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour order was breached every two days in Merseyside during the past six months.

New figures released by police show many offenders are showing little regard for their zero-tolerance bans.

The statistics have revealed that 116 asbos were broken by 71 offenders, over the past 180 days.

Many orders have conditions attached barring offenders from areas and detailing what they can and cannot do.

Wards in north Liverpool are worst affected where 55 offenders breached their orders, with many flouting them repeatedly.

One was caught breaching his asbo 15 times and a further two louts disregarding them five times or more.

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan Howe said: "Those committing breaches are amongst the most prolific offenders within Merseyside.

"It must be remembered that the vast majority have only breached their orders on one occasion.

"Inevitably offenders arrested for breach of an asbo will also have other offences tied into that breach or may be committing further offences."

Police and other agencies are working to set up a new system to improve the way asbo breaches are recorded.

Information about the orders will be entered on a criminal database which can be accessed by police officers to check an offenders' banning conditions.

The Home Office has recently issued fresh guidelines about the process of applying and monitoring asbos.

Bill Morris, head of Liverpool anti social behaviour unit said: "Asbos are issued to protect the public and successfully manage to stop people behaving in a disorderly manner.

"If they are breached, it becomes a criminal matter and an offender will be dealt with severely and can be sent to prison.

"We are trying to support those who have asbos so they adhere to their conditions.

"The orders do work and often it is the same person who continually breaches rather than a high number of individual breaches."

luketraynor@liverpool.com
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2006
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