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News - 28 October 2012

Yvette Cooper: 'Bring back ASBOs'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper says it would be a 'big mistake' for the coalition government to roll back Labour’s antisocial behaviour laws. In particular she called on the government to abandon its plans to abolish ASBOs, and criticised it for restricting the use of CCTV.

Cooper was speaking on a visit to Cardiff to support former First Minister Alun Michael’s efforts to become Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.

She defended her party’s record on antisocial behaviour, saying it had steadily reduced during Labour’s tenure, and warned that persistent levels of crime showed that access to CCTV cameras and ASBO policies were still crucial.

“I think you do have to continue with policies like CCTV,” she said. “It’s a big problem that the government wants to make it harder to get CCTV. I think it’s a big mistake to abolish ASBOs and basically say you can have repeat antisocial behaviour and it would no longer be a crime. It would just be up for civil enforcement by the local authorities.”

Cooper also ruled out support for devolution of police and crime responsibility to Wales, saying Labour supported the “settled position” and that there were established differences between the Welsh and Scottish situations.

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