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  Queen's Speech: Crackdown on street crime
Updated 13 November 2002, 11.41
The Queen's Speech takes place in Parliament
Ways of tackling street crime like graffiti and litter-dropping were at the heart of an important speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

A burnt out car abandoned by joy riders
A burnt out car abandoned by joy riders
The government's plans for the next 12 months were read out in the Queen's Speech - held once a year to mark the state opening of Parliament.

Prime Minister Tony Blair reckons things like graffiti and vandalism are the "biggest immediate issue for people in the country".

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Part of this is a campaign to stop young people causing damage and disorder on the streets.

Promises

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Some of these problems, like graffiti, are mainly caused by children and teenagers who are bored and haven't got much to look forward to.

The Queen said: "New types of sentence will be introduced to protect the public from dangerous offenders, help reduce re-offending and deal with young offenders."

Ideas to beat this kind of crime include bringing in more on-the-spot fines and tougher punishments, but also starting more community projects to give young people something to do.

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Although the Queen reads the speech out every year, it's written for her by the government and contains their promises for the coming year.

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