People who commit anti-social behaviour offences are to be forced to immediately carry out tasks such as cleaning up graffiti and washing police cars, as part of a new plan being unveiled by the Prime Minister to tackle crime in communities.
On Monday Rishi Sunak will announce a new strategy that will aim to see people responsible for offences such as graffiti and vandalism being forced to clean up their crimes within 48 hours of receiving an order.
In order to make this work visible to communities, offenders will be forced to carry out work in their local area while wearing jumpsuits or high vis jackets.
In cases where the original damage has already been cleaned up, offenders could be forced to do work including washing police cars, picking up litter or working unpaid in shops.
Local communities will get a say in deciding what type of punishment offenders should face.
The Prime Minister is expected to announce new funding for police and crime commissioners to introduce the approach, which will begin in 10 areas before being rolled out to all of England and Wales next year.
The strategy is part of wider plan for tackling anti-social behaviour that will be published by the Government on Monday.
Speaking ahead of the plan’s publication, Mr Sunak said: “For too long, people have put up with the scourge of anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.
“These are not minor crimes. They disrupt people’s daily lives, hold businesses back and erode the sense of safety and community that brings people together.
“That’s why I’m bringing forward a new plan to crack down on this behaviour once and for all – so that everyone can feel proud of where they live.”
Ministers also plan to expand the existing Community Payback scheme for more serious criminals, which sees offenders forced to do unpaid work such as cleaning up public places and removing graffiti.
Under a new pilot being delivered by the Probation Service and local authorities, teams of offenders will be rapidly deployed to clean up more urgent incidents of anti-social behaviour.