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Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in the Chelmsford local authority area in each of the last five years. (320350)

[holding answer 4 March 2010]: The latest available data on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued and breached cover the period 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2007. Data on the number of ASBOs issued collected centrally by the Ministry of Justice are not available below Criminal Justice System (CJS) area level. A further breakdown could be ascertained only by reference to individual court files, which could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

Data on breaches of ASBOs collected centrally by the Ministry of Justice and held on the Court Proceedings Database only count those occasions where the breach was proven in court to have occurred. These data are not compiled below CJS area level.

The available information is shown in the table.

Number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued all courts1 and the number breached2 in the Essex Criminal Justice System (CJS) area, 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007

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1 Includes ASBOs issued on application by magistrates courts acting in their civil capacity and county courts, which became available on 1 April 1999 and ASBOs made following conviction for a relevant criminal offence at the Crown court and at magistrates courts (acting in their criminal capacity), which became available on 2 December 2002.

2 ASBOs may be breached more than once and in more than one year. In this table ASBOs are counted once only within the period when they were first breached. For these reasons breach rates cannot be computed from the figures presented in this table. ASBOs may be issued in one area and breached in another. Breaches are counted in this table by area of issue.


1. 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.

2. Previously issued data have been revised.