Violence plummets thanks to spot-fines

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Violence plummets thanks to spot-fines

Unread post by NW10 » January 8th, 2006, 8:07 am

Violence plummets thanks to spot-fines
John Scheerhout
VIOLENT crime has plummeted in Manchester thanks to on-the-spot fines handed out for anti-social behaviour as part of a crackdown on binge drinking.

Police issued 199 fixed penalty notices for public order offences across Greater Manchester in the month before Christmas.

Christmas and New Year figures have already been released for Manchester city centre, where 55 on-the-spot fines were issued by police between December 19 and January 1.



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Police in the city centre have also noted, since their zero tolerance campaign started in November, that the number of assaults has dropped by nine per cent and the number of serious assaults has dropped 50 per cent.

Officers are using new powers introduced to cope with liberalised licensing laws and 24-hour drinking to issue fixed penalty fines for a greater range of offences.

Chief Insp Mark Lee, of Bootle Street police station, said: "If you look at our strategy dealing with anti-social behaviour, there's no doubt that if you intervene at an earlier stage and take robust and firm action there's a correlation with the number of assaults.

"Part of our strategy is to issue a significant number of fixed penalty notices to reduce assaults. It's quite a deterrent."

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Unread post by northside » January 18th, 2006, 5:40 pm

Issuing fines for "anti-social" activity, wtf? I can see giving a fine to loud mouth drunk stumbling all over the place, but how would you define someone commiting an "anti-social" activity. This sounds like when they used to give out tickets for loitering in chicago. The police could basically fine you for staying in one spot to long, until they gave one to a man who was simply sitting outside his front porch. The liberals went crazy and bought the case to court. With the LARGE majority of the fines having been issued to blacks and latinos, they easily made their case that the police were biased and unconstitutional in giving out the tickets, so the law was repealled within a few months.

I highly doubt that the police in Manchester are going to be allowed to give out these fines for much longer.

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Unread post by NW10 » January 20th, 2006, 9:21 am

i think the reductions might have more to do with the police prescense than the effectiveness of on the spot fines. Ill bet the crimes disrupted in the city centre have been displaced and occurred on the finge of the city centre aswell as elsewhere. Still the police can use it to show their doing a "good" job and boost civilian morale.

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