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Responding to the briefing of the Home Secretary's speech tomorrow Gloria DePiero MP, Shadow Home Office Minister, said:

"This is a belated and weak announcement from the Home Secretary which shows how out of touch she is with the anti-social behaviour problems many communities face.

"After 2 years of doing nothing to tackle anti-social behaviour, the Home Secretary has to do better than a few pilots that won't start until the summer, and which seem to suggest that anti-social behaviour should not be taken seriously if only two or three people complain.

"Most right minded people will also wonder why it should take 5 different people complaining to get a response from agencies that are there to protect the public and deal with the minority who can make life unbearable. Even if only one person complains, their concerns should be investigated and treated seriously.

"The Home secretary's record on ASB is lamentable. Her plans mean it will no longer be a criminal offence to breach an ASBO. And she is cutting 16000 police officers and thousands of community officers and staff, so that Chief Constables from Gloucester to South Yorkshire have said neighbourhood policing is being jeopardised.

"The Home Secretary has no serious plan to help cut crime or anti-social behaviour. She is only cutting police officers instead."

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