ASBO must be final

WHEN Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were introduced, I understood that they were to be the final warning for persistent offenders, break an ASBO and you are locked up. It seems I was wrong. From the report in the Ely Standard of February 22, ASBO Go

WHEN Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were introduced, I understood that they were to be the final warning for persistent offenders, break an ASBO and you are locked up.

It seems I was wrong. From the report in the Ely Standard of February 22, ASBO Goes up in Flames, breaking the order just results in another warning of "serious consequences"' if the order is again broken. Apparently the court did not specify what the serious consequences would be, perhaps another warning?

Unless ASBOs are to be treated with contempt by young offenders, they should have real and unequivocal meaning, 'you have reached the end of the line as far as behaviour goes, you've had your warnings, more trouble and you will be deprived of your liberty'.

RODNEY VINCENT


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