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Asbos 'were a godsend'

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Home Secretary Theresa May is to announce a complete overhaul of the way police tackle antisocial behaviour.

Community activist Lesley Pulman says anti-social behaviour has "got a lot worse" over the past decade but that Asbos were a "godsend".

"They empowered us to take ownership of our community," she told the Today programme.

She says the new measures will not make a difference because people "are too fearful to come forward".

Simon Edens, ACPO leader on anti-social behaviour, says that Asbos in some cases did not work as the bureaucracy "got in the way".

The new measures "are about leaving people feeling safe and protected from anti-social behaviour", he explains.

"We have the opportunity to get rid of the bureaucracy" and to make the system "more rapid".


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