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Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to address antisocial behaviour in local communities; and if she will make a statement. (220050)

Since April 2008, there has been a neighbourhood policing team in every area. These teams are now increasing their focus on working with local communities to identify and tackle local problems together, while continuing to provide high visibility policing, reducing antisocial behaviour and the fear of crime.

We have provided practitioners with a wide range of tools and powers to tackle antisocial behaviour, issued guidance on their use through a practitioner website and set up a free telephone advice line to provide specific support on individual problems. It is for local agencies to decide on the most appropriate interventions to tackle antisocial behaviour based on their knowledge of what works best locally.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations govern the use of ultra-sonic youth deterrent devices. (220091)

There are no regulations that govern the use of ultra-sonic deterrent devices. However, the prolonged exposure to the noise emitted by a device may be a statutory nuisance. If an environmental health officer took the view that it affected the occupants of a property, action could be taken against the owner of the noise emitter. Inappropriate use of the device may also be classed as a harassment offence under the Public Order Act 1986 or the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local authorities in England have applied to make (a) an Alcohol Disorder Zone, (b) a section 30 dispersal order and (c) a designated public place order in each year since each was introduced. (220168)

[holding answer 21 July 2008]: There are currently no Alcohol Disorder Zones (ADZs) that we are aware of. ADZs were only commenced on 5 June 2008 and require a number of steps to be taken before a full ADZ is implemented.

Between January 2004 and 31 March 2006, the police have used the power in section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 to disperse unruly groups in over 1,000 designated areas. Figures are not available broken down by year. Figures for 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 are due to be published in the next few months.

The Home Office has been informed that 613 Designated Public Place Orders (DPPO)s have been implemented throughout England and Wales. This figure is broken down by year as follows; three in 2001, 68 in 2002, 78 in 2003, 98 in 2004,103 in 2005, 136 in 2006, 97 in 2007 and 30 in 2008.

A full list of the Councils which have implemented the orders can be accessed at the following internet link which includes commencement date.