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 32    Powers of community support officers

     (1)    Part 1 of Schedule 4 to the Police Reform Act 2002 (c. 30) (powers of community

support officers) is amended as follows.

     (2)    In paragraph 2 (power to detain etc) after sub-paragraph (6)(a) insert—

                    “(aa)                      an offence under section 31(2) of the Anti-social Behaviour

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Act 2003; or”.

     (3)    After paragraph 4 insert—

“Power to disperse groups and remove young persons to their place of residence

        4A                Where a designation applies this paragraph to any person, that

person shall, within the relevant police area, have the powers which,

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by virtue of an authorisation under section 29 of the Anti-social

Behaviour Act 2003, are conferred on a constable in uniform by

section 29(3) to (6) of that Act (power to disperse groups and remove

persons under 16 to their place of residence).

        4B               (1)                Where a designation applies this paragraph to any person, that

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person shall, within the relevant police area, have the power of a

constable under section 15(3) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998

(c. 37) (power to remove child to their place of residence).

                       (2)                Section 15(1) of that Act shall have effect in relation to the exercise of

that power by that person as if the reference to a constable in that

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section were a reference to that person.

                       (3)                Where that person exercises that power, the duty in section 15(2) of

that Act (duty to inform local authority of contravention of curfew

notice) is to apply to him as it applies to a constable.”

 33    Code of practice

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     (1)    The Secretary of State may issue a code of practice about—

           (a)           the giving or withdrawal of authorisations under section 29, and

           (b)           the exercise of the powers conferred by section 29(3) to (6).

     (2)    The Secretary of State may from time to time revise the whole or any part of a

code of practice issued under this section.

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     (3)    The Secretary of State must lay any code of practice issued by him under this

section, and any revisions of such a code, before Parliament.

     (4)    In giving or withdrawing an authorisation under section 29, a relevant officer

must have regard to any code of practice for the time being in force under this

section.

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     (5)    In exercising the powers conferred by section 29(3) to (6), a constable in

uniform or community support officer must have regard to any code of

practice for the time being in force under this section.

     (6)    A code of practice under this section may make different provision for different

cases.

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 34    Authorisations by British Transport Police

     (1)    For the purposes of the giving of an authorisation under section 29 by a

relevant officer who is an officer of the British Transport Police Force, section

29(1) is to have effect as if for “in his police area” there were substituted “which

forms part of property in relation to which he has all the powers and privileges

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of a constable by virtue of section 29(1)(a) to (f) of the Railways and Transport

Safety Act 2003”.

     (2)    Where such an authorisation is given by such an officer, section 30(6)(b) is to

have effect as if for “whose police area includes the relevant locality” there

were substituted “who is an officer of the British Transport Police Force”.

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 35    Interpretation

In this Part—

                      “anti-social behaviour” means behaviour by a person which causes or is

likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more other

persons not of the same household as the person,

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                      “local authority” means—

                  (a)                 in relation to England, a district council, a county council that is

the council for a county in which there are no district councils,

a London borough council, the Common Council of the City of

London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly,

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                  (b)                 in relation to Wales, a county council or a county borough

council,

                      “public place” means—

                  (a)                 any highway, and

                  (b)                 any place to which at the material time the public or any section

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of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or

by virtue of express or implied permission,

                      “relevant locality” has the same meaning as in section 29,

                      “relevant officer” means a police officer of or above the rank of

superintendent.

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Part 5

Sanctions etc.

 36    Anti-social behaviour orders

     (1)    The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37) is amended as follows.

     (2)    In section 1(1A) (authorities who may apply for anti-social behaviour orders)—

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           (a)           after paragraph (c) “or” is omitted;

           (b)           after paragraph (d) there is inserted “or

                        (e)                           a housing action trust established by order in pursuance

of section 62 of the Housing Act 1988.”

     (3)    In section 1(1B) (persons requiring protection from anti-social acts) in

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paragraph (d) after “paragraph (d)” there is inserted “or (e)”.

     (4)    In section 1 after subsection (10) (penalty for breach of anti-social behaviour

 

 

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order) there are inserted the following subsections—

           “(10A)              The following may bring proceedings for an offence under subsection

(10)—

                  (a)                 a council which is a relevant authority;

                  (b)                 the council for the local government area in which a person in

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respect of whom an anti-social behaviour order has been made

resides or appears to reside.

           (10B)              If proceedings for an offence under subsection (10) are brought in a

youth court section 47(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933

(c. 12) has effect as if the persons entitled to be present at a sitting for

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the purposes of those proceedings include one person authorised to be

present by a relevant authority.”

     (5)    In section 1B (anti-social behaviour orders in county court proceedings) after

subsection (3) there are inserted the following subsections—

           “(3A)              Subsection (3B) applies if a relevant authority is a party to the principal

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proceedings and considers—

                  (a)                 that a person who is not a party to the proceedings has acted in

an anti-social manner, and

                  (b)                 that the person’s anti-social acts are material in relation to the

principal proceedings.

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           (3B)              The relevant authority may—

                  (a)                 make an application for the person mentioned in subsection

(3A)(a) to be joined to the principal proceedings to enable an

order under subsection (4) to be made in relation to that person;

                  (b)                 if that person is so joined, apply for an order under subsection

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(4).

           (3C)              But a person must not be joined to proceedings in pursuance of

subsection (3B) unless his anti-social acts are material in relation to the

principal proceedings.”

     (6)    In section 1B(5) for “party to the principal proceedings” there is substituted

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“person”.

     (7)    In section 9 (which makes supplemental provision about parenting orders)

after subsection (1A) there is inserted the following subsection—

           “(1B)              If an anti-social behaviour order is made in respect of a person under

the age of 16 the court which makes the order—

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                  (a)                 must make a parenting order if it is satisfied that the relevant

condition is fulfilled;

                  (b)                 if it is not so satisfied, must state in open court that it is not and

why it is not.”

 37    Certain orders made on conviction of offences

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     (1)    In section 1C of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37) (orders on conviction

of an offence to prevent anti-social acts) in subsection (3) for the words from

“whether or not” to the end there is substituted “—

                  (a)                    if the prosecutor asks it to do so, or

                  (b)                    if the court thinks it is appropriate to do so.”

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     (2)    After subsection (3) of that section there are inserted the following

subsections—

           “(3A)              For the purpose of deciding whether to make an order under this

section the court may consider evidence led by the prosecution and the

defence.

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           (3B)              It is immaterial whether evidence led in pursuance of subsection (3A)

would have been admissible in the proceedings in which the offender

was convicted.”

     (3)    After subsection (9) of that section there are inserted the following

subsections—

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           “(9A)              The council for the local government area in which a person in respect

of whom an anti-social behaviour order has been made resides or

appears to reside may bring proceedings under section 1(10) (as

applied by subsection (9) above) for breach of an order under

subsection (2) above.

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           (9B)              Subsection (9C) applies in relation to proceedings in which an order

under subsection (2) is made against a child or young person who is

convicted of an offence.

           (9C)              In so far as the proceedings relate to the making of the order—

                  (a)                 section 49 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12)

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(restrictions on reports of proceedings in which children and

young persons are concerned) does not apply in respect of the

child or young person against whom the order is made;

                  (b)                 section 39 of that Act (power to prohibit publication of certain

matter) does so apply.”

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     (4)    In subsection (10) of that section before the entry relating to “the

commencement date” there is inserted—

                    ““child” and “young person” have the same meaning as in the Children

and Young Persons Act 1933;”.

     (5)    In section 14A of the Football Spectators Act 1989 (c. 37) after subsection (3)

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there are inserted the following subsections—

           “(3A)              For the purpose of deciding whether to make an order under this

section the court may consider evidence led by the prosecution and the

defence.

           (3B)              It is immaterial whether evidence led in pursuance of subsection (3A)

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would have been admissible in the proceedings in which the offender

was convicted.”

     (6)    In section 3(2) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23) (functions of the

Director of Public Prosecutions) after paragraph (f) the word “and” is omitted

and there is inserted the following paragraph—

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                  “(fa)                    to have the conduct of applications for orders under section 1C

of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (orders made on conviction

of certain offences) and section 14A of the Football Spectators

Act 1989 (banning orders made on conviction of certain

offences);”.

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