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Yobs named and shamed as council ends hoodies’ anonymity

PUBLISHED: 17:31 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

YOBS are being named and shamed’ as young as 16 in London’s East End. Teenagers slapped with Antisocial Behaviour orders can no longer hide behind Tower Hamlets council’s juvenile anonymity’ if they end up before a magistrate. They can now have their faces and names plastered on posters and leaflets in neighbourhoods where they cause fear

Mike Brooke

YOBS are being named and shamed’ as young as 16 in London’s East End.

Teenagers slapped with Antisocial Behaviour orders can no longer hide behind Tower Hamlets council’s juvenile anonymity’ if they end up before a magistrate.

The council has decided to end its yobs anonymity and follow the lead of other local authorities across London.

Those landed with orders over the age of 16 are to have their faces and identity plastered on posters and leaflets distributed in neighbourhoods where the tearaways cause fear—especially on some of the East End’s most deprived housing estates.

The councillor responsible for the decision, Abdal Ullah, cabinet member for public safety, said in a statement today: “In this borough we won’t put up with behaviour that makes other peoples’ live a misery.

“We’ve decide to do this so that people will have the information to identify and report people who are breaching their order and feel reassured that when anti-social behaviour is reported action will be taken.”

The decision to publicise the anti-social orders was taken following Home Office guidance. But the authority is still treading cautiously.

“Anti Social orders will only be publicised after careful consideration where it benefits residents,” Cllr Ullah’s statement adds.

“We’ll be following a strict protocol that takes into account the perpetrator’s human rights and balancing those rights against other residents or victims, unless there are clear reasons not to.”

The council says it already alerts the media to new orders—but perpetrators have up till now never been identified.

Now Tower Hamlets has decided to follow the lead of other London boroughs in publicly naming and shaming its hooligans. These include neighbouring Hackney and Southwark as well as Islington, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham.

The approach has worked successfully elsewhere and improved the reporting of breached orders.

Now Tower Hamlets is taking a leaf out of their book with its own posters and leaflets. It has also set up a free 24-hour anti-social hotline for neighbours to shop a yob’ on 0800-9175918.


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