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Victims to decide on punishments

By Katia Harston, Chief Reporter Tuesday 1st July 2014

A RAFT of new duties and powers are being brought in to help the council and police tackle antisocial behaviour including victims having a say on what should happen to perpetrators.

The new powers come in to force in October under the new Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act passed in March.

It aims to streamline and simplify the powers and tools for tackling antisocial behaviour so 'faster, more flexible approaches' can be taken.

It means some offences will be dealt out of court using 'community remedies'. These will give victims and witnesses a say, and some element of control, in how a perpetrator should be punished.

The new power, intended to alleviate potential pressures on the courts, could include meditation; written apologies; financial compensation; rehabilitative; unpaid work; acceptable behaviour contacts or educational activities.

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