Home Office plots asbo-style gang orders

The Home Office is planning to implement new banning orders to combat gang-related crime, it has emerged.

Anti-gang injunctions would allow local authorities to seek banning orders on people who join gangs on a lower standard of evidence – such as police intelligence - than is required for antisocial behaviour orders.

In 2007, Birmingham City Council sought civil injunctions to prevent alleged gang members from entering parts of the city and wearing certain items of clothing that identified them with a particular gang.

But in the Court of Appeal last year judges said that the council had misused its powers and ruled the injunctions illegal.

The Home Office now seeks to pass legislation that would make anti-gang injunctions legal.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "The home secretary has long supported local injunctions and intends to legislate to give police and local authorities the powers to seek them against gang members to tackle gang crime.”

The Home Office plans to make an announcement shortly, added the spokesperson.

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