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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Crackdown on neighbourhood yobs
A new "Total Policing" initiative from Merseyside Police is declaring war on anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The new ASB task force will see officers from all force departments unite with fire investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The aim is to use civil and criminal law to hit those who make living in certain neighbourhoods a misery.

Powers include seizing uninsured cars, evicting criminal families and issuing Asbos (Anti-social behaviour orders).

This combined team of over 130 will be led by Superintendent John Myles and Divisional Fire Officer Chris Case.

It will utilise the latest law enforcement technology, including automatic number plate recognition, CCTV "head-cams" and metal-detecting gloves.

There will also be low-level surveillance and other methods of intelligence-gathering.

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