Home secretary launches 'social media ASBOs' in bid to tackle knife violence

Home secretary

Sajid Javid at Brixton police station. Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The home secretary has unveiled new measures to tackle spiralling knife violence.

The ASBO-style orders will place curbs on suspects, which could include limiting their use of social media, stopping them accessing certain websites or contacting specific people online.

Knife Crime Prevention Orders will be issued to anyone aged 12 and over who police believe may be routinely carrying a blade.

 

 

Recipients of the order could also be forced to abide by curfews and geographical restrictions, as well as attending knife crime awareness courses.

Although they are civil orders, breaches will be considered a criminal offence that could result in up to two years in prison upon conviction.

Police will apply for the orders in the courts and, if approved, they will last for a maximum of two years, with reviews carried out after 12 months for adults, or more frequently for juveniles.

 

'Senseless violence'

Sajid Javid. Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Announcing the new measures to the press, Sajid Javid said: "I have been clear that I will do everything in my power to tackle the senseless violence that is traumatising communities and claiming too many young lives.

"The police already have a range of measures they are using to keep our streets safe, but there is more we can do to help them in this battle."

He added: "I have listened to their calls and will be introducing these new orders to stop gang members carrying knives in the first place.