Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Home Department written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) what measures are in place to punish offenders who breach antisocial behaviour orders; and if she will make a statement;

(2) how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have resulted in a criminal conviction in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception;

(3) how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception.

Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

Breach of an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) is a criminal offence and as such is dealt with by the courts in accordance with criminal law procedures.

There are a range of disposals available to the courts for those people who breach the conditions of their ASBOs. These range from fines to community sentences and custody. The maximum sentence for breach of an ASBO is five years imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding £5,000 for an adult, and a two-year detention and training order (DTO) for a young person aged 12 to 17 years, of which 12 months is served in custody; the remainder is served in the community under the supervision of the youth offending team (YOT). A minor aged 10-11 cannot be given a term of detention but can receive a community penalty for breach of an ASBO.

Information collected centrally on the number of ASBO breaches relates only to those ASBOs proven in court to have been breached and is not compiled below Criminal Justice System (CJS) area level. The latest ASBO breach data are available for the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2006 and the available information is show in the table.

Number of occasions in selected areas( 1) and year between 1 June 2000( 2) and 31 December 2006 where persons were proven in court to have breached their ASBO
North East Region( 3) England and Wales
2000-2002(2) 110 777
2003 110 1,409
2004 218 3,997
2005 406 7,248
2006 377 7,755
Total 1,221 21,186
(1) ASBOs may be issued in one area and breached in another. Breaches are counted in this table by area of Breach.

(2 )From 1 June 2000.

(3 )North east Government office region is comprised of the Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria Criminal Justice System areas.


1. Previously issued data have been revised.

2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.


OCJR Court Proceedings Database. Prepared by OCJR Evidence and Analysis Unit.

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