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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is defined as ‘any action that causes harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people not of the same household.’

It describes behaviour that threatens or harms another individual or groups of individuals.

Report ASB online

To report ASB online you will need:

  • Details of the incident(s) including days and times
  • Information about the people involved
  • Any witness information

Begin report

Examples of ASB

Examples of ASB include:

  • Nuisance or inconsiderate neighbours
  • Street drinking
  • Using property for illegal use such as loitering or drug use
  • Damage to the environment including littering or dumping of rubbish
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • Begging for money
  • Misuse of fireworks
  • Inconsiderate use of vehicles including joy riding or abandoning vehicles.

What can you do about ASB?

To take action against ASB you will need evidence, and we will need you to help us collect this evidence.

An example is to complete diary sheets which outlines who, what and when incidents happened or are happening.

What will happen if I report ASB online?

When you submit a report online there are a few things that may happen or be processed which may include:

  • A letter of warning to the perpetrators
  • Requesting patrols by the local Safer Neighbourhood Team or other Police Teams
  • Community Protection Notices – these require an action to be taken or something to stop. A fixed penalty notice or prosecution can occur if breached.
  • Civil Injunctions – A court order that requires a person to do or stop doing a specific action
  • Public Space Protection Order – putting conditions on an area based on evidence of ASB, for instance street drinkers, groups gathering or dogs off leads
  • Criminal Behaviour Orders – formerly known as ASBOs
  • Closure of premises

Community Remedies

A Community Remedy is a list of actions that can be used by the police in response to low level crime and anti-social behaviour such as;

  • Low level criminal damage
  • Low value theft
  • ASB (where no crime has been committed)

The list will give victims a say in how the offender is dealt with out of court such as fix the damage, attend mediation, or undertake unpaid work.

Community Trigger

A Community Trigger gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their ASB complaint.

The case review will be undertaken by the local Community Safety Partnership (CSP).  This is a collective of agencies which share information, review what action has been taken and decide whether additional actions are possible.

Who is eligible to use a Community Trigger?

You can submit a Community Trigger if you have complained to the council, police or Registered Housing Provider (social landlord) about three separate, but related, anti-social incidents and you consider no action has been taken.

It is important to note all criteria must be met before the Community Trigger can be used.

How to use a Community Trigger

If you believe your issue meets the criteria set out above, please complete the Community Trigger online form and email it to the ASB team.

What will happen next?

Once your form has been submitted it will be passed to the relevant agency for assessment within two working days. The lead agency will determine whether the criteria have been met and will accept or reject the Community Trigger. The lead agency will contact you in either circumstance to inform you of the decision.

Where the Community Trigger is accepted a multi-agency panel will agree how the case review will be carried out. Any action plan agreed to address the ASB issue will be shared with you via your Community Safety Officer.