Dated: 01 Dec 2004
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Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) were introduced by the Labour government in 1998. Initially around 200 orders were served every year. That figure has rapidly risen - some 2,600 Asbos were served in 2003.
Lower Broughton in Salford is a community ripped apart by anti-social behaviour. Streets have been left devastated and derelict, community members dispersed. Rows of wrecked houses awaiting the demolition squad back onto a lumpy green wasteland. The place is a ruin.
A group of youth workers have launched an open letter to home secretary David Blunkett calling for an alternative to Asbos.
Liz Lovell, policy adviser at the Children’s Society charity