Give Police Power to Ground Yobs Say Tories

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Give Police Power to Ground Yobs Say Tories


Byline: James Slack Home Affairs Editor

COURTS would get the power to 'ground' teenage thugs under Tory proposals being unveiled today.

Youngsters who police believed were causing trouble could be banned from leaving their homes, except to attend school.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling will tell the Local Government Association today: 'I think our police need the power to ground a young persistent troublemaker - in the hope that we can stop them from getting so far into trouble that they end up in the criminal justice system.

'Our police should have powers to go straight to a magistrate and get an order against that troublemaker confining them to their home for up to a month - except for during school hours.

'And if they break that curfew order they should expect to find themselves in the cells.' The grounding order will be a civil penalty, as with existing anti-social behaviour orders. But if a thug breaks the order they will have committed a crime, and could end up in court.

Mr Grayling also wants to give officers the power to remove badly behaved children from the streets and take them to a police station where their parents could be forced to collect them.

'I don't think we should be shifting ten-year-olds out of their home areas,' he will say in his speech today. 'I think we should be sending them home to bed.

'So I will instruct our police to remove young troublemakers from our streets altogether, not just move them on to disrupt a different street.

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