From Asbos to Crimbos: The Criminal Behaviour Order

The government has announced plans to overhaul the existing anti social behaviour orders ‘Asbos’ and replace them with the new Criminal Behaviour Order ‘Crimbos’ and Crime Prevention Injunctions. Under the new consultation plans, five measures are proposed to replace the Asbo:

1               Community triggers where local authorities will be compelled to take action if several people in the same neighbourhood have complained and no action has been taken, or the behaviour in question has been reported to the authorities by an individual three times and no action has been taken.

2               Criminal behaviour orders – these will be issued by the courts after conviction, the order would ban an individual from certain activities or places and require them to address their behaviour; for example, by attending a drug treatment programme. A breach of this order can attract up to a maximum of a five year custodial sentence.

3               Crime prevention injunction – these are designed to nip bad behaviour in the bud before it escalates. The injunction will only require a civil burden of proof; ie, on a balance of probabilities, designed to make it quicker and easier for the authorities to obtain. A breach of this order can again attract up to a maximum of a 5 year custodial sentence.

4               Community prevention orders – this will include one order for local authorities to stop persistent environmental anti social behaviour such as graffiti, neighbourhood noise and dog fouling; and another for the police and local authorities to deal with more serious disorder and criminality in a specific place such as closing a property used for drug dealing.

5               Police direction orders – this will give the police a power to direct any individual causing or likely to cause crime and disorder away from a particular place and to confiscate related items such as iPods and passports.

We are based in Brighton and since their inception approximately 420 Asbos have been issued in Sussex. With the new orders giving greater powers to the police and the Courts, we expect at least the same amount of Crimbos will be issued by the Brighton police, Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

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