ASBO AND CRASBOS TO GAG AND SILENCE

MAKE IT ILLEGAL AND UNLAWFUL FOR THE CROWN PROSECUTION TO MAKE ASBOS AND CRASBOS WHICH LIMIT THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WAY THEY WERE ARRESTED, CHARGED AND CONVICTED

Why is this idea important?

MAKE IT ILLEGAL AND UNLAWFUL FOR THE CROWN PROSECUTION TO MAKE ASBOS AND CRASBOS WHICH LIMIT THE RIGHT OF CITIZENS TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WAY THEY WERE ARRESTED, CHARGED AND CONVICTED

Remove the law which allows police officers to enforce a 9pm-6am curfew on completely innocent, law abiding citizens

Whilst the police should have the power to deal with troublemakers and people who are causing a public nuisance, they should not be able to victimise innocent members of the public who are merely going about their everyday lives.

Paragraph 6 of Section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act allows a police officer to remove a person they believe to be aged under 16 to their place of residence if they are not accompanied by an adult, even if they have done nothing wrong and are not causing any trouble to anyone.

This means that all under 16s can potentially be punished for the misdeeds of a minority and are legally treated as potential criminals regardless of their actual likelihood of committing a crime.  Curfews should be used as a punishment for those who have actually done wrong, not as an instrument to victimise an entire age group.

What is more, this law does nothing to tackle anti social behaviour, as other laws (including the others in section 30 of this act) already give police the powers to deal with people who are acting in an unruly or antisocial manner.  If anything this law actually serves to waste police time that could otherwise be used tackling genuine yobs.

Section 30, paragraph 6 of the 2003 Anti Social Behaviour Act should be removed from the statute books at the earliest possible moment in order to make it absolutely clear that this law is an unacceptable breach of the civil liberties of entirely innocent citizens.

Why is this idea important?

Whilst the police should have the power to deal with troublemakers and people who are causing a public nuisance, they should not be able to victimise innocent members of the public who are merely going about their everyday lives.

Paragraph 6 of Section 30 of the Anti Social Behaviour Act allows a police officer to remove a person they believe to be aged under 16 to their place of residence if they are not accompanied by an adult, even if they have done nothing wrong and are not causing any trouble to anyone.

This means that all under 16s can potentially be punished for the misdeeds of a minority and are legally treated as potential criminals regardless of their actual likelihood of committing a crime.  Curfews should be used as a punishment for those who have actually done wrong, not as an instrument to victimise an entire age group.

What is more, this law does nothing to tackle anti social behaviour, as other laws (including the others in section 30 of this act) already give police the powers to deal with people who are acting in an unruly or antisocial manner.  If anything this law actually serves to waste police time that could otherwise be used tackling genuine yobs.

Section 30, paragraph 6 of the 2003 Anti Social Behaviour Act should be removed from the statute books at the earliest possible moment in order to make it absolutely clear that this law is an unacceptable breach of the civil liberties of entirely innocent citizens.

Restore the polices power to act on antisocial noise

I was shocked this weekend to find that the police would do nothing about anti social noise.

I live close to the bank of the River Avon in Tewkesbury. On the other side of the bank there is a large white house. On Friday night they hosted a disco that went on until the early hours of Saturday morning. The music and PA system where so loud, that I could here it in my house at a level equal to normal conversation preventing my family from sleeping. As it was a very hot summer night only I had my windows open, even when I shut the windows the noise was to great to sleep and the heat was even more uncomfortable.

I did not do anything as I thought it might be a one off, and everyone is a loud a party now and again.

Unfortunately on the Saturday night, the same resident had yet another disco this time even louder.

I decided to call the police on there NON emergency number. I was told noise was not a police matter but was a council mater and to call them on Monday. If I wanted the noise to stop I would have to go and deal with the noise myself. I am not sure, but one person turning up at an event where people have been drinking could potently be very dangerous plus who would look after my 18 month old daughter while I was out. Surely a uniformed police officer should be doing this?

I can help think this is ridiculous.

If I walked down a high street making noise I would be arrested for anti social behaviour, so why is it okay for a private land owner to act antisocially? Could you please have a member of your team look into why the police will not tackle antisocial noise?

Why is this idea important?

I was shocked this weekend to find that the police would do nothing about anti social noise.

I live close to the bank of the River Avon in Tewkesbury. On the other side of the bank there is a large white house. On Friday night they hosted a disco that went on until the early hours of Saturday morning. The music and PA system where so loud, that I could here it in my house at a level equal to normal conversation preventing my family from sleeping. As it was a very hot summer night only I had my windows open, even when I shut the windows the noise was to great to sleep and the heat was even more uncomfortable.

I did not do anything as I thought it might be a one off, and everyone is a loud a party now and again.

Unfortunately on the Saturday night, the same resident had yet another disco this time even louder.

I decided to call the police on there NON emergency number. I was told noise was not a police matter but was a council mater and to call them on Monday. If I wanted the noise to stop I would have to go and deal with the noise myself. I am not sure, but one person turning up at an event where people have been drinking could potently be very dangerous plus who would look after my 18 month old daughter while I was out. Surely a uniformed police officer should be doing this?

I can help think this is ridiculous.

If I walked down a high street making noise I would be arrested for anti social behaviour, so why is it okay for a private land owner to act antisocially? Could you please have a member of your team look into why the police will not tackle antisocial noise?

Change the Law of Assault

The Assault laws should be repealed and replaced with more reasonable legislation that takes into account modern life. To be charged with Assault you should have to have caused deliberate or pre meditated physical injury to another person and you should be completely free from arrest and charge if you were acting in defence of yourself or acting to stop someone who you believed had committed an act of anti social behaviour or a crime.

Why is this idea important?

The Assault laws should be repealed and replaced with more reasonable legislation that takes into account modern life. To be charged with Assault you should have to have caused deliberate or pre meditated physical injury to another person and you should be completely free from arrest and charge if you were acting in defence of yourself or acting to stop someone who you believed had committed an act of anti social behaviour or a crime.