A BARNSLEY MP has urged the government not to scrap the ASBO as new figures have revealed the extent of anti-social problems in Barnsley.

Figures show there were 12,719 anti-social behaviour incidents recorded by the police last year in Barnsley.

The figures also paint a revealing picture of South Yorkshire as a whole, as its police force recorded a staggering 88,252 incidents in 2012.

This is the second highest rate in the country.

“Anti-social behaviour is a serious problem," said Mr Dugher. "The government plans to scrap the ASBO and replace it with a weaker power which carries no criminal sanction for a breach." 

The government’s official crime survey has revealed that more than eight out of ten people believe anti-social behaviour has risen in England and Wales in the last 12 months - and nearly a third said that they had personally been a victim of yobbish behaviour or had witnessed an event in the last 12 months.

“People in Barnsley have the right to expect action right away and help to tackle an issue which is a huge worry,” added the Barnsley East MP.