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Behave or we'll see you in court

MINISTERS are expected to give their backing to the use of court orders to tame thuggish pupils, after the mere threat of them worked wonders on three pupils in a Bradford school. Joan Law, headteacher of Laisterdyke high school, resorted to the threat of anti-social behaviour orders after all other approaches had failed to control a trio of Year 10 pupils. Breach of an anti-social behaviour order - introduced under the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act - is a criminal offence and can lead to a spell in custody.

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