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Antisocial, crime and policing bill

Antisocial, crime and policing bill

The government suffered a big defeat in the House of Lords on Wednesday evening over its planned new injunctions to tackle antisocial behaviour. Peers voted by 306 to 178, majority 128, against the plans amid fears that noisy children, carol singers and nudists could fall victim to the new injunctions.  The government wants to replace antisocial behaviour orders (asbos) with a new type of measure, an ipna (injunction to prevent nuisance and annoyance).  But peers, led by crossbencher Lord Dear, a former chief constable of West Midlands, and supported by several prominent Tories, said the injunctions cast the net too wide and put at risk "fundamental freedoms" and free speech. 

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Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute writes, ‘I am delighted to say that the House of Lords has voted overwhelmingly for an amendment to the Anti-social Behaviour Bill to protect free speech.  Senior lawyers across political parties agreed that IPNAs were a real risk to free speech allowing courts to issue injunctions against those – including street preachers and buskers – who breached political correctness. The test of causing "harassment, alarm or distress" would protect free speech while still allowing the courts to tackle anti-social behaviour.  The Government will now have to decide how to respond.  Thank you  for your prayers.  We give thanks to God for this remarkable victory.  


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