Antisocial Behaviour Orders

Home Department written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Louise Mensch Louise Mensch Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in each police authority area in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The latest available data on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued, cover the period 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2008. The number of ASBOs issued at all courts in each criminal justice system (CJS) area in each year between 2004 and 2008 is shown in the following table. CJS areas are coterminous with police force/police authority areas.

Antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued at all courts( 1 ) in each criminal justice system (C JS) area, as reported to the Ministry of Justice( 2 ) by the Court Service, in each year, 2004 - 08, England and Wales
Number
CJS area 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Avon and Somerset 89 61 34 29 33
Bedfordshire 18 40 31 25 18
Cambridgeshire 26 50 31 20 34
Cheshire 62 98 43 37 27
Cleveland 28 60 80 65 51
Cumbria 31 49 31 27 37
Derbyshire 46 60 41 24 30
Devon and Cornwall 81 73 46 30 29
Dorset 36 19 15 13 9
Durham 31 27 26 19 41
Dyfed Powys 8 15 8 8 2
Essex 79 88 32 28 15
Gloucestershire 26 30 21 16 19
Greater London 446 532 358 269 215
Greater Manchester 430 458 225 178 151
Gwent 27 33 49 27 16
Hampshire 100 112 66 90 74
Hertfordshire 40 73 35 32 16
Humberside 72 138 115 78 70
Kent 54 44 29 26 13
Lancashire 126 148 115 102 53
Leicestershire 45 71 42 30 31
Lincolnshire 12 20 17 8 9
Merseyside 96 128 94 87 117
Norfolk 43 46 27 30 36
North Wales 42 103 87 78 53
North Yorkshire 41 34 27 25 12
Northamptonshire 39 32 13 22 40
Northumbria 75 181 70 38 37
Nottinghamshire 91 126 70 84 70
South Wales 46 64 54 50 54
South Yorkshire 80 104 83 49 47
Staffordshire 59 59 35 34 30
Suffolk 78 53 35 50 25
Surrey 48 50 26 17 13
Sussex 97 95 73 49 46
Thames Valley 77 57 44 54 43
Warwickshire 28 30 27 21 15
West Mercia 58 72 40 33 65
West Midlands 243 307 189 181 197
West Yorkshire 305 260 217 209 130
Wiltshire 20 22 4 7 4
England and Wales 3,479 4,122 2,705 2,299 2,027
(1) Includes ASBOs issued on application by magistrates courts acting in their civil capacity and county courts, which became available on 1 April 1999 and ASBOs made following conviction for a relevant criminal offence at the Crown court and at magistrates courts (acting in their criminal capacity), which became available on 2 December 2002. (2) Prior to the creation of the Ministry of Justice on 9 May 2007, numbers of ASBOs issued were reported to Home Office by the Court Service. Note: 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. 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. Source: Prepared by Justice Statistics Analytical Services within the Ministry of Justice.

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