Sunday, 29 August 2010

Alan Johnson in Kingsbury to save ASBOs


SHADOW Home Secretary Alan Johnson has launched Labour's campaign to save Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in Kingsbury.

Mr Johnson arrived outside Kingsbury Safer Neighbourhood Team office, in Barningham Way, off Church Lane, on Tuesday where he was met by Police Acting Sergeant Richard Stout, councillors and members of Springfield Residents' Association.

People are concerned the coalition Government intends to scrap Asbos, said Mr Johnson. They feel that without ASBOs, crime will return to their housing estate, according to the politician.

Mr Johnson said: “Everyone remembers that under the last Tory government crime rocketed and anti-social behaviour was classed as low-level nuisance and not taken seriously. This time around, Tory Home Secretary Theresa May is wrongly claiming that ASBOs don’t work. The problem is not the powers available but her Government’s lack of commitment to tackling crime and disorder in our communities."

Theresa May sounded the death knell for the ASBO after new official statistics showed breaches of the orders had risen above 50 per cent and that their use has fallen to the lowest level yet.

Mr Johnson said: “Anti-social behaviour destroys people’s lives and neighbourhood groups agree with Labour. ASBOs have worked and will continue to work provided they are used effectively. Scrapping Asbos and cutting police budgets would leave communities helpless and vulnerable.

“Cracking down on crime and disorder needs to be constantly reviewed and improved but the ASBO is a success. Don’t let the Tories turn the clock back to the days of rampant crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities."

Courtesy of Harrow Observer.

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