Rishi Sunaks anti-social behaviour crackdown backed in new poll

Michael Gove confirms government set to ban Laughing Gas

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has launched a new drive to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the UK. New Government measures will toughen restrictions on “nuisance” begging, ban laughing gas, and require offenders to clean up graffiti promptly. The plans have received widespread support among Express.co.uk readers, a new poll has found.

Speaking about the Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan, published on Monday, March 27, Mr Sunak said: “Anti-social behaviour undermines the basic right of people to feel safe in the place they call home. The public has rightly had enough, which is why I am determined to restore people’s confidence that those responsible will be quickly and visibly punished.”

In a set of polls that ran from 9.30am on Monday, March 27, to 1pm on Friday, March 31, Express.co.uk asked readers: “Which of Rishi Sunak’s anti-social behaviour crackdown policies do you back?”

First Express.co.uk asked readers whether they support a crackdown on ‘nuisance’ beggars. A total of 2,705 votes were cast, with the vast majority, 85 percent (2,304 people) answering, “yes” in favour of a crackdown. In contrast 11 percent (302 people) said, “no” and four percent (99 people) said they did not know.

Next, Express.co.uk asked about the laughing gas ban. Overall, 2,707 readers responded, with 86 percent (2,318 people) saying, “yes” compared to 10 percent (269 people) who answered, “no”. A further four percent (120 people) said they did not know either way.

Finally, Express.co.uk asked whether offenders should have to start cleaning graffiti within 48 hours. Some 2,704 votes were received, of which 93 percent (2,507 people) were in support of the policy. Whereas six percent (152 people) said, “no” they should not, and one percent (45 people) said they did not know.

Dozens of comments were left below the accompanying article as readers took part in a lively debate on the Government’s plans.

Of the readers who shared their support for the plan, username Rod52 wrote: “I voted yes to all the questions, but the measures will not, and cannot work.”

Similarly, username Basaria said: “I totally support anything that is aimed at punishing low life’s, criminals, and anti-social behaviour, the trouble is, I have virtually no expectations of it ever being implemented, or the punishments being followed through.”

Username Norfolkbump wrote: “These policies are all very well, but who is going to enforce them?”

And username alwaysthetruth questioned: “But will it work in practice? Or is it more unenforceable laws?”

However, some readers argued that anti-social behaviour should not be prioritised, like username ScottyH, who said: “I do not care about banning laughing gas as there will always be cheap and less safe ways for kids to get high, I am more concerned with knife crime.”

While username lynf commented: “I quite like graffiti as long as nothing offensive is written but that’s another matter. It’s all part of urban culture now.”

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