Labour at Brighton: I'LL SHAME THE YOBS; Underage Louts to Be Named in New Blunkett Crime Blitz LAW & ORDER Lawless U18s Named and Shamed Police to Clamp Down on Crack Dens Weekend Jails for 'Part Time' Prisoners 2,000 More Police on Street within 12 Months

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Labour at Brighton: I'LL SHAME THE YOBS; Underage Louts to Be Named in New Blunkett Crime Blitz LAW & ORDER Lawless U18s Named and Shamed Police to Clamp Down on Crack Dens Weekend Jails for 'Part Time' Prisoners 2,000 More Police on Street within 12 Months


Byline: BOB ROBERTS Deputy Political Editor

TEENAGE louts who defy courts to terrorise neighbourhoods will be named and shamed, David Blunkett announced yesterday.

Under-18s will no longer be able to remain anonymous if they ignore curfews and bans.

The move was part of a tough new crime blitz unveiled by the Home Secretary yesterday.

Other measures include a blitz on crack dens, 2,000 more bobbies on the beat and letting more prisoners serve part-time "weekend" sentences.

At present under-18s can be identified when an anti-social behaviour order is passed, but not if they go back to court for breaching it.

Mr Blunkett said his shake-up would let people spot and report known troublemakers to police.

He assured the conference: "There will be no let-up on tackling the anti-social behaviour which can blight communities.

"We're working hard with tough new laws and a national action plan which has seen the number of anti-social behaviour orders double in the last year.

"People should be in no doubt that communities will not suffer nuisance, disorder, damage and harassment for month after month and year after year."

Parents of lawless youngsters will be forced to attend classes on how to discipline them.

And serial offenders will be sent to live with foster parents to give them the "safety and stability they need to turn their lives around".

The measures on drugs, to start next January, will see police board up dens used by junkies and dealers in a three-month campaign.

Mr Blunkett said: "Reducing the supply of drugs is essential. We have given police the power to close crack houses.

"We want to make sure they are used to full effect right across the country.

"We know from the alcohol blitz over summer that a focused and targeted crackdown for a short period of time has an effect.

"We want communities affected by drug-dealing to know that action will be taken against the criminals who blight the areas in which they live.

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