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  Behaviour laws 'would unfairly punish kids'
Updated 18 July 2003, 14.15
Young people on the streets
Government plans to crack down on kids behaving badly have been slammed by children's charities.

The plans include giving police the power to break up groups of two or more people.

And they would be able to send under-16s back to their homes if they're on the streets without an adult after 9pm.

But kids' charities reckon some of the changes in the law being put forward would "unfairly punish" kids.

Young people on the streets
Young people on the streets

Anti-social

A group of 13 charities, including Barnardo's and The Children's Society, have joined forces to criticise the plans.

The changes are part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill, a proposal for a new law which is being discussed in the House Of Lords on Friday.

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