The BBC reported on the extension of Anti-Social Behavior Order specialist magistrates courts, and the planned introduction of more protection from intimidation of witnesses.
The more draconian provisions of the Anti-Social Behavior Act 2003 came into force in April this year, but, as the BBC report points out:
"Since anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) were introduced four years ago, 2,455 have been made in England and Wales - less than the government had hoped"
Why then, did the BBC illustrate the report with video clips of "youth" vandalism and disorder, which have time and datestamps of 2002, 1995 and even 1994 i.e. over ten years ago ?
Are both the Home Office and the media overhyping ASBO's applied to "youth gangs" ?
There are many areas of the UK where the only ASBOs which have been served have been on adults (usually with alcohol or mental health problems)and not on "youths" at all.