BURY MP David Nuttall has backed the Government’s proposals to change the way it deals with anti-social behaviour.

The Bury North MP said anti-social behaviour is still a common problem in some communities across Bury.

In January this year there were 10,253 reported incidents across Greater Manchester, with 604 recorded in Bury.

Recent statistics show more than 56 per cent of ASBOs in the UK issued in 2009 were breached, many more than once.

The Government has launched a consultation setting out a series of proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour: Mr Nuttall said: “I’m pleased the Coalition Government is bringing forward these new ideas and consulting on them to try and tackle anti-social behaviour which still causes a problem for many people.”

The new orders would give authorities more powers, which they will be able to implement more easily.

The proposals also mean greater powers for communities and residents as well as tougher penalties for perpetrators.

Bury’s Chief Inspector, Carol Martin, said ASBOs are a last resort for police in partnership with Bury Council.

Insp Martin added: “We recognise that anti-social behaviour can cause real damage to the quality of people’s lives, particularly repeat and vulnerable victims.

“Anti-social behaviour is a top priority for police in Bury and we are committed to making sure that every incident is taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.

“We work hard with Bury Council to ensure the number of incidents reduces year on year.”

She added: “The neighbourhood teams are heavily involved in a whole range of measures such as offering other activities and working with youth clubs and schools to address anti-social behaviour early.”