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Corby tops 'yob map' of England
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One in two people in Corby believe anti-social behaviour is a problem
The Northamptonshire town of Corby has been named the "yob" capital of England in a spending watchdog report.

The National Audit Office used official figures to assess residents' perceptions of anti-social behaviour.

Analysis of the data suggested 48.8% of adults in Corby believed bad behaviour was a problem.

The study also suggests 17% of the population across England thought there were high levels of anti-social behaviour in general.

As part of its report The Home Office: Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the percentage of people who believed anti-social behaviour was a problem had risen from 16% two years ago.

The worst 10 towns and cities
Corby 48.8
Mansfield 44.4
Hackney 42.7
Nottingham 42.7
Luton 42.7
Slough 42.0
Ashfield (Notts) 41.2
Knowsley (Merseyside) 39.2
Middlesbrough 39.3
Easington (Durham) 38.9
Percentage of adults who think anti-social behaviour is a problem

The survey of all English local authorities suggested almost one in two people believed so-called "yobbish" behaviour was a big or fairly big problem in Corby.

Corby Borough Council said it was responding positively to the report.

Council leader Pat Fawcett said: "It would be easy to say 'yes it's unfair' and pretend we're the victim, but we've take on board any criticism and want to move forward.

"It gives us a point where we can see what we did then - three years ago - and compare it with what's happening in Corby now.

"So we're really looking at this report to see the differences. It's a benchmark for the borough."

Inspector Gary Williams, the area commander, said some people were less tolerant of youngsters than they used to be - children playing football in the street were now perceived by some people as anti-social.

Bristol was named as the place with the fewest perceived anti-social problems with only 5.7% of residents describing it as a big or fairly big issue.

In second-best place was Staffordshire Moorlands, the area around Leek.

Mansfield in Nottinghamshire was second worst with 44.4%, then Hackney in east London and Nottingham, both with 42.7%.

The best 10
Bristol 5.7
Staffordshire Moorlands 6.0
Basingstoke and Deane 7.4
Wolverhampton 7.5
Leeds 8.9
Winchester 9.6
Sevenoaks 9.9
City of London 10.2
Richmond upon Thames 10.6
Blaby 10.8

Luton - the Bedfordshire town voted the worst in Britain in an online poll two years ago - came fourth with 42%.

The report also suggested about 55% of anti-social behaviour orders had been breached.

The Asbos were either breached by offenders committing more offences or by breaking the terms of the order.

The NAO said 35% of Asbo holders breached the order on five or more occasions, but the average number was four per person.

The government said the findings did not mean Asbos were failing.




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