A councillor has announced that private landlords and housing association representatives will work alongside police to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

Colin Bloom, Bromley councillor and chairman of the Safer Bromley Partnership, hopes to unite landlords with other locals to "crack down without mercy on outrageous behaviour", according to This is Local London.

His announcement follows a hearing on seven teenagers who were given anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) at Bromley Magistrates' Court, it was announced on December 15th.

Private landlords can help build on Mr Bloom's no tolerance approach by uniting with the community and reporting any Asbo breaches.

Mr Bloom said that there is plenty more work to do to ensure that ordinary people do not have their lives ruined.

"The gloves are coming off,"he added.

Mottingham Safer Neighbourhood Team works with the council's anti-social behaviour unit and applies for the orders.

Sergeant Dale Openshaw who leads one of the teams said that Asbos can be a wake-up call to some, but the local community needs to support efforts.

The Home Office says that Asbos are designed to protect whole communities from certain individuals.

Breaching the order could lead to a five-year prison sentence, it notes.

Written by Sarah FieldADNFCR-2002-ID-19513846-ADNFCR

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