FACT­FILE... on be­hav­iour or­ders

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

BE­HAV­IOUR or­ders are just some of the pow­ers avail­able to po­lice, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and so­cial land­lords tack­ling an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

The first step is a warn­ing let­ter but if that fails an Ac­cept­able Be­hav­iour Con­tract can be sought.

These are vol­un­tary codes of con­duct which peo­ple sign. How­ever, if they refuse, or breach the code, au­thor­i­ties usu­ally pur­sue an anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or­der through the courts - us­ing the ABC as evi- dence.

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil com­mu­nity safety team leader, Katie Soft­ley, said ABCs are a good tool for com­bat­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour for young­sters as it set “agreed bound­aries” with­out in­stantly crim­i­nal­is­ing them.

She said: “It’s a case of dis­cussing the needs of the vic­tims but also bal­anc­ing the needs of the per­son get­ting the ABC. We would sooner tackle the prob­lem at a low level and give them a chance to change.”

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