Old Kent Road ASBO

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Thursday 3 November 2005 11.40am

our private block recently suffered a second arson attack in 3 months. One group of teenage kids (ages 14 - 15) have been caught and arrested for it.

I was wondering if anyone has experience of ASBOs being served where they live. Does it protect a building or is it served on the kids themselves? How long does the process take before an ASBO is served? The police have told us an ASBO may be possible given that arrests have been made.

Your thoughts appreciated....we are increasingly scared to live in our block.

Thursday 3 November 2005 12.39pm
What is an arson attack, and what is ASBO?
Thursday 3 November 2005 12.58pm
Um, I'm not sure if this a joke or not, but arson is when someone deliberately sets fire to a building, and an ASBO is an Anti Social Behaviour Order.
They do things for instance like giving people curfews or specifying they stay away from a certain area.
Thursday 3 November 2005 2.52pm
An ASBO is served on an individual and would prevent them from carrying out the damaging behaviour. It can take a range of forms, such as not being allowed in a certain area, not using matches etc. You can contact the Southwark Anti-social behaviour unit on 020 7232 7001 - see info at http://www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/CommunitySafety/reportingcrime.html and they should be able to advise you on the process, take on the case etc. There are lots of mechanisms they should be able to use like Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC's) instead of the full ASBO which can be a long legal process.

There are a few issues though. Firstly, arson is a criminal offence and as such it is more likely to be effective for the police to pursue it (even though the perpetrators are juveniles) rather than use anti-social behaviour legislation which is designed (in theory anyway) to be used in cases where there is nuisance caused but which is not covered by existing crinimal legislation. Secondly, something like an ASBO (again in theory) should be used as a last resort. If the kids get an ASBO and repeat the behaviour they can be arrested but there should be work done to try and stop the behaviour, rather than finding a back door to locking people up, which is often how the asbo legislation is used.

Hope that helps - a bit of a pet subject of mine incase you can't tell.
Thursday 3 November 2005 3.19pm
That was very clear, thank you! And, good luck to Fedora- it sounds horrid!

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