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Why Pendle should score so badly is not immediately apparent, although according to the Ipsos Mori analysis, both Pendle and Blyth Valley scored worse than would be expected (Ames et al. 2007: 19). The five local authority areas with the lowest scores were City of London, Broadland (Norfolk), East Dorset, Mid-Suffolk and Derbyshire Dales – scoring between 5 and 9 percent each. City of London is obviously an urban area, but has a unique character as it is dominated by the financial industry and very few people actually live there (unlike all other London boroughs).

On the day of the count relevant statutory and voluntary agencies were asked to collate all reports from the public about ASB incidents and to submit data to the Home Office. This technique of measurement was methodologically dubious as some agencies would have been quite zealous in collection and classification, while others clearly would have done the minimum. Similarly, many incidents would have been unreported or double-counted having been reported to more than one agency. Also, there was no adjustment for seasonality, with the reason for choosing 10 September seeming to be one of pragmatism.

Bristol: Policy Press. Lovbakke, J. (2007) Public perceptions, in S. Nicholas, C. Kershaw and A. Walker (eds), Crime in England and Wales 2006/07, 4th edn. Home Office Statistical Bulletin. London: Home Office. Millie, A. (2007a) Looking for anti-social behaviour, Policy & Politics, 35(4): 611–27. Rogers, P. and Coaffee, J. (2005) Moral panics and urban renaissance: policy, tactics and youth in public space, City, 9(3): 321–40. 5 of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act. They typically consist of the local authority, police service, police authority, fire and rescue service and, since 2004, the local primary care trust.

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