A new community trigger that forces police to investigate repeated complaints will make it quicker and easier to stop anti-social behaviour blighting the lives of communities, the Home Secretary said..
Theresa May said she wanted to stop repeat victims suffering unnoticed by giving communities and residents the power to make the police take action.
Rupert Evelyn reports for ITV News:
Forces will be required to investigate any incident reported by at least five people, or any three separate complaints by the same person.
Mrs May is ditching Labour's Asbos which have been described as a "badge of honour" among anti-social youths by critics.
The new powers, which will be trialled in three areas, "will enable residents to say that the point has come where the police are required to do something", Mrs May added.
What are the reforms?
- The reforms will replace 19 measures with six powers that target people, places and police powers.
- A new Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) will be used to ban an individual from particular activities or places.
- A civil Crime Prevention Injunctions (CPI) will be brought in to give agencies an immediate power to protect victims and communities.
- Simpler powers to close premises that are a magnet for trouble and tougher action over nightmare neighbours will be introduced.
The move follows the high-profile case of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her disabled daughter Francecca Hardwick, 18, in 2007 following 10 years of sustained abuse.
The so-called community trigger power will be introduced in three pilot schemes in Manchester, Brighton and Hove and West Lindsey, Lincolnshire.
Labour have criticised the new laws, with Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper calling them a "weak rebrand" of Asbos.