In it for the long haul

“If you do report it to Environmental Health/Police do not expect things to happen quickly. Expect to be in it for the ‘long haul’” ‘James’, South Yorkshire ‘James’ and other neighbours are subject to a catalogue of anti-social behaviour. There is loud music and DIY noise. The gardens and property are untidy because of hoarding.

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Vulnerability still Neglected

Restorative Justice is a technique that can bring great results. However, when it comes to victims experiencing significant vulnerability, we believe RJ should come with a warning “Use with Care”. We have not focused much attention on the Restorative Justice element of dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour and we are not aware of how

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Emily Maitlis opens up about being victim of stalker

“I can’t see how it will end.” Emily Maitlis, BBC Newsnight presenter This weekend all the main newspapers picked up the story that BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis had opened up about her nightmare of being a victim of stalking for 25 years. Here is ‘The Guardian’s’ version: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/may/14/newsnight-presenter-emily-maitlis-opens-up-about-being-victim-of-stalker?CMP=twt_gu In summary, Maitlis explains that she

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Lessons from Nottinghamshire

I noted with interest this article about how war on anti-social behaviour is being won in Nottinghamshire. The statistics are certainly impressive – a 36% drop in the likes of noise, graffiti, letting off fireworks and fly-tipping, translating to over 20,000 less victims over the past four years. The experience of residents seems to confirm these

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System Failures are Letting Too Many ASB Perpetrators off the Hook

NEWS RELEASE: SYSTEM FAILURES ARE LETTING TOO MANY ASB PERPETRATORS OFF THE HOOK Current anti-social behaviour policies continue to fail victims, says support charity ASB Help 18 months on from the introduction of a power designed to support victims of persistent anti-social behaviour in England and Wales and those people are still being fundamentally failed

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Victims Sidelined Once More

Efforts to control public spaces, such as the latest furore over the ban on swearing at Salford Quays, are in the spotlight at present. The Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) have been contentious from the start and research undertaken by The Manifesto Club has recently highlighted why (http://www.manifestoclub.com/). I’ve read criticisms about anti-social behaviour being

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