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MPs welcome new protection against ‘neighbours from hell’

Tuesday 22nd May 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

BURTON and South Derbyshire’s MPs have backed new laws to ‘clamp down on neighbours from hell’.

The new rules, which include measures to replace antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs), will force police and local authorities to act if five households lodge complaints about a troublesome neighbour.

Burton’s Tory MP Andrew Griffiths said of the measures, announced yesterday by Home Secretary Theresa May: “This is a whole new set of powers which will make it much easier for the police and councils to clamp down on neighbours from hell”.

“Too often I have people attending my surgeries whose lives are blighted by low-level antisocial behaviour”.
The proposed new measures would see ASBOs replaced with crime prevention injunctions and criminal behaviour
orders. There will also be faster processes to evict antisocial tenants and deal with irresponsible
dog owners. Police, councils and crime prevention agencies will be compelled to intervene if five households complain — or one individual complains three times — about a nuisance member of the community.

South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler, also a Conservative, said: “This will go a long way to fulfil the desires of people who are affected by antisocial behaviour.”

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