Plans to give victims of anti-social behaviour a better deal have been welcomed by Northamptonshire police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds.
The Government has announced a draft bill (the draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill) which will bring new powers for police, the courts and local councils to crack down on anti-social behaviour, named as one of the top priorities for action by the commissioner.
The proposals will replace 19 sets of powers with six stronger ones.
A new criminal behaviour order would enable courts to stop behaviour of the most destructive people and address the causes of it.
A new, fast-track crime prevention injunction would enable agencies to protect individuals and communities.
There would be simpler powers to close premises which are a magnet for trouble and also to deal with problems such as graffiti, litter and dog fouling.
Police would have more powers to stop anti-social behaviour in public places.
And there could be faster eviction of nightmare neighbours.
A ‘community trigger’ would give victims the right to demand that authorities deal with persistent anti-social behaviour.
And the ‘community remedy’ would give victims of low-level crime and anti-social behaviour a say in the punishment of offenders out of court, with faster justice and offenders facing immediate and meaningful consequences.
Mr Simmonds said: “Anti-social behaviour has been a big problem in Northamptonshire.
“Many people’s lives are made a misery by it. They and I want to see stronger action.
“The impact on victims is too often overlooked.
“Victims have told me they want to see these problems taken seriously, and they want to see fast and efficient action to deal with them.
“I welcome and strongly support the Government’s proposals and very much hope that they will become law before very long.”