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Anti-social behaviour orders, usually known as asbos, were introduced in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act and came into force in 1999. Asbos ban people from specific activities or from entering particular areas. They last a minimum of two years, but can be imposed for longer.
The 2002 Police Reform Act and the 2003 Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 also contained measures on asbos.
Asbos can be served against children over 10 years of age or against adults if they have behaved "in an anti-social manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress", and that the order is "necessary to protect persons from further anti-social acts".
This has allowed asbos to be used to ban activity that is not in itself criminal, such as begging, prostitution and even playing football or being sarcastic.
Most asbos are imposed after an application by a local authority or the police. Asbos are made by magistrates' courts after civil proceedings and may be made on the basis of hearsay evidence.
Breaching an asbo is a criminal offence, carrying a penalty of up to five years' imprisonment, even when the original offence was not an imprisonable one. Around half of all asbos have been served on children and young people, who can be given detention training orders lasting up to two years.
Asbo facts and figures
More than 3,800 asbos have been imposed since they were first introduced in 1999 - half of them to children.
The use of asbos is increasing dramatically. Nearly 20 percent of the total number of asbos were imposed in the three months between July and September 2004, the last period for which figures have been released by the Home Office.
The proportion of people breaching their asbos has jumped from 36 percent at the end of December 2002 to 42 percent at the end of 2003.
Youth Justice Board figures show that nearly 50 young people were in custody for breaching an asbo in any month in 2004. That compares to an average of three young people a month between 2000 and 2002. http://www.asboconcern.org.uk/