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Antisocial Behaviour Orders: South Yorkshire

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been agreed in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each year since the inception of such contracts; (282786)

(2) how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each year since the inception of such orders;

The number of acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) is collected by the Home Office through a voluntary survey of crime and disorder reduction partnerships’ (CDRPs) use of antisocial behaviour tools and powers. The latest data published indicate that over 30,000 ABCs have been made between October 2003 and September 2007, with over 2,730 issued in South Yorkshire during the same period. Currently, data on the number of ABCs issued are not available below regional level.

Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) became available from 1 April 1999. ASBO breach data are available for ASBOs issued between 1 June 2000 and 31 December 2006 (latest available). ASBO breach data are not compiled below criminal justice system (CJS) area level. Centrally collected ASBO breach data only count those instances where the breach of the ASBO was proven in court to have occurred. The number of occasions in each year on which ASBOs were proven in court to have been breached in the South Yorkshire CJS areas is shown in the table.

Number of occasions in the South Yorkshire criminal justice system area1 where persons were proven in court to have breached their antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) in each year between 1 June 2000 and 31 December 2006

CJS area






1 June 2000 to 31December 2006

South Yorkshire







1 ASBOs may be issued in one area and breached in another. Breaches are counted in this table by area of breach.

2 From 1 June 2000.


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.


OCJR Court Proceedings Database.

Prepared by OCJR Evidence and Analysis Unit.