Antisocial behaviour orders are failing to combat yobbish behaviour, critics claimed last night as new figures revealed a huge increase in the number of issued in the past year.

A total of 768 Asbos were handed out in England and Wales in the last three months of last year - up 116% on the same period in 2003.
A total of 4,649 have been issued since their introduction in 1999, of which 2,057 have applied to children aged 10 to 17.

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