Graffiti yobs who deface public buildings will be forced to clean it up ‘in 48 hours’ under tough new anti-social behaviour laws
- It is a part of Rishi Sunak’s strategy that intends to tackle anti-social behaviour
- Documents claim it will divert ‘people away from the criminal justice system’
Yobs who graffiti public buildings will be forced to clean it up in 48 hours under tough measures being drawn up by ministers.
Fly-tippers would have to tidy up the mess within two days under the same crackdown.
Part of a wider strategy by Rishi Sunak for tackling anti-social behaviour, the proposals are expected to be unveiled early next week.
Leaked documents claim the strategy will deliver ‘swift and visible punishment for anti-social behaviour, diverting people away from the criminal justice system’.
It will be trialled in ten areas ‘with offenders personally repairing or making good the damage or undertaking up to 20 hours of unpaid work’, according to the Sunday Times. The strategy could include banning the sale and possession of laughing gas.
Part of a wider strategy by Rishi Sunak for tackling anti-social behaviour, the proposals are expected to be unveiled early next week. Pictured: An artist working on a graffiti mural
The craze for inhaling ‘hippy crack’ from balloons has resulted in dozens of deaths. Stopping the benefits of parents whose children fail to attend school has also been considered.
Mr Sunak has effectively appointed Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove as his anti-social behaviour tsar by asking him to draw up the cross-department plans and make them a priority before the election next year.
Mr Gove last month said he wanted to see a greater ‘visible uniformed presence’ of police in anti-social behaviour hotspots.
Labour meanwhile has announced plans to force the mothers and fathers of persistent young offenders to attend parenting classes.
Polls show that dealing with yobs is a major issue for voters, suggesting it could be an election battleground. Research suggests four in ten people have seen anti-social behaviour.
A Government spokesman said: ‘We know that anti-social behaviour can make life miserable for many and can be a gateway to more serious crimes.
‘That’s why shortly we’ll publish an action plan outlining how we’ll work tirelessly across government to tackle it. We are already injecting record funds into policing.’
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