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Last Updated: Monday July 02 2007 16:16 GMT

What are Asbos?

Asbo paperwork.

Anti-Social Behaviour Orders - known as Asbos - are a special set of rules which are given to someone whose behaviour is causing problems.

They can be given to anyone aged 10 or older.

The rules will set down things like who you can meet or where you can go - to try to stop you getting into more trouble.

Breaking the rules is an offence for which you can be arrested.

Kids and teenagers who get Asbos can have their names made public. Normally courts and the police are not allowed to name young offenders.

In England and Wales, Asbos are given out at Magistrates Courts, and in Scotland by Sheriff Courts.

Asbos were first used in 1999.