In the Media

Blow to executive war on youth crime

PUBLISHED April 12, 2005

Not a single Anti-Social Behaviour Order has been imposed on anyone under 16 in Scotland, calling into question a key weapon in the executive's war against youth crime. A study commissioned by the Scottish Executive reveals serious concerns about using the orders, or ASBOs for those under 16. Two thirds of local authorities and housing associations said they were either "very unlikely" or "fairly unlikely" to use them in the next year against teenagers. Of the authorities who agreed with their use, most estimated that only one or two would be requested.