Anti-Social Behaviour Is Still a Big Problem in Tower Hamlets

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Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick has urged the Government not to scrap the ASBO in light of new figures which show Tower Hamlets is London’s second worst ASB hotspot.

A detailed breakdown obtained by Freedom of Information Requests and research by statisticians from the House of Commons Library has revealed new figures, which show in Tower Hamlets there were 17,287 anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by the police in 2012.

This means on average there were 68 anti-social behaviour incidents per 1,000 people in Tower Hamlets which was the second highest rate in London in 2012 after Westminster City Council.

The figures also paint a revealing picture of the scale of the anti-social behaviour problem at a police force wide area, with the Metropolitan Police recording347,158 number of incidents of anti-social behaviour in 2012, which means on average there were43 incidents of anti-social behaviour per 1,000 people.

Jim Fitzpatrick said: “Anti-social behaviour is still a big problem in Tower Hamlets and it’s going to get worse with cuts to policing and young people out of work. These figures show there’s a lot more work to do to ensure local people feel safe in their neighbourhood.

“At the same time the Government is turning the clock back with their plans to scrap the ASBO and replace it with a weaker power which carries no criminal sanction for a breach.  The Government’s community trigger, which demands a response if a person has complained three times just isn’t good enough. People have the right to expect action right away and help to tackle an issue which is a huge worry.”

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