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100th antisocial behaviour court opens

PUBLISHED January 24, 2005

The government's crackdown on antisocial behaviour reached a new watershed today with the establishment of the country's 100th special response magistrates court.

Hastings magistrates court in East Sussex will be equipped to fasttrack antisocial behaviour cases, including graffiti, littering and "thuggery", the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced.
The number of special response courts has soared since last October when there were just 41 in England and Wales. The courts are set up in areas where unruly behaviour is a serious problem. The court in Hastings will also run specialist antisocial behaviour sessions and work closely with the police, other agencies and the community to target local hotspots.