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UK PM Blair announces new laws to regulate anti-social behavior

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled new legal measures against anti-social behavior Thursday. Under the new regulations, framed to address a growing problem in British society which is said to cost authorities over £30 million per year, towns will be able to fine people causing nuisance by noise, graffiti or litter. Fifty new areas in England and Wales have been indentified to get special help, including extra funding. Blair identified three purposes for the changes:

  • To give greater protection to witnesses and victims
  • To provide faster justice by tripling the number of special courts and expanding the range of offenses
  • Renew community policing
Read the Home Office press release here. BBC News has more, including an an interactive forum answering questions about the new measures.

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