Tuesday, August 15, 2006

'Instant Justice'

According to the Guardian, police are pressing ministers for radical new powers to dispense 'instant justice', including the immediate exclusion of "yobs" from town centres at night, and bans on street gang members associating with each other.

The Guardian claims that senior officers say the powers would be the "modern equivalent of a clip round the ear from the local bobby" and would ensure the introduction of neighbourhood policing across England and Wales has "bite" and meets public expectations.
It's claimed the measures would include...
  • Powers for police officers to tackle "town centre yobs" by immediately excluding an offender from the town centre at night "for an appropriate period" when they are issued with an informal warning or a fixed-penalty fine.
  • Powers to tackle disorder by giving the neighbourhood constable, who understands the local context, the right to issue a three-month ban on gangs who cause repeat disorder on estates from associating with each other in public or frequenting a particular location. The ban could include a requirement to clear up local damage. Breaching the order would lead to an immediate court appearance with a possible fine, parenting order or Asbo.
  • Powers to tackle "the yob driver": those repeatedly stopped in an unregistered car with no insurance, no driving licence or MOT, could face immediate seizure of the car which would be crushed. An instant interim driving ban would be imposed pending a court appearance.
  • Tackling knife crime by enabling "reasonable suspicion" for stop and search to be based on previous convictions.
BBC News Online is also reporting this story.

Note: The use of the word 'yob' is a direct quote from the newspaper. Also, free subscription usually required to access the Guardian online.


At Wednesday, August 16, 2006 4:18:00 pm, Blogger Peter said...

I can see the "infringement of their human rights" stopping this....who gives a monkeys about the victims, or potential victims? Their humans rights always seem to be forgotten in these issues.

At Monday, August 21, 2006 8:54:00 pm, Blogger Heavy Green Ink said...

It's just lazy police. Why the need for evidence, it just complicates things.


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