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MPs slam arbitrary use of Asbos

Issue No. 1945

cartoon by Tim Sanders

cartoon by Tim Sanders

Police in England are wrong to “dish out Asbos with their conflakes”, Martyn Jones MP, the Labour chair of a Commons committee, said last week.

The criticism of the way anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) are used came after an inquiry by the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee revealed a huge disparity between the use of Asbos in England and in Wales.

In the five years since Asbos were introduced over 3,800 have been handed out in England, compared with just 114 in Wales.

Harry Fletcher, the assistant general secretary of probation officers’ union Napo, who will speak at the launch of campaign group Asbo Concern next week, said, “A new worrying aspect of Asbos is the total inconsistency between different areas.”

Harry will be joined on the platform by Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights campaign Liberty. A spokesperson for Liberty explained, “We’re very keen to open up the debate to as broad an audience as possible.”

Asbo Concern launch meeting

Thursday 7 April, 7pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London

With: Deborah Coles, Shami Chakrabarti, Harry Fletcher, Frances Crook, Jenny Jones, Oliur Rahman, Niki Adams and Matt Foot

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Sat 2 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1945
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