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Anti-social behaviour

What is ASB?

Anti-social behaviour is virtually any intimidating or threatening activity that scares you or damages your quality of life.

Examples include:

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour
  • 'yobbish' behaviour
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • dealing or buying drugs on the street
  • fly-tipping rubbish
  • aggressive begging
  • street drinking
  • setting off fireworks late at night

Anti-social behaviour doesn't just make life unpleasant. It holds back the regeneration of disadvantaged areas and creates an environment where more serious crime can take hold.

It has a negative effect on many people’s lives, and we are committed to tackling it. 

What we’re doing about it

We’re committed to a range of tools designed to stop the behaviour:

Individual support orders

These court orders target 10-17 year olds, imposing rules designed to address the problems behind the bad behaviour, and stop that behaviour immediately. 

Agreements and contracts

These are formal non-legal agreements, contracts and warnings. We're also ensuring that social tenancy agreements have rules forbidding anti-social activity.

Youth specific interventions

These include youth inclusion programmes that involve teenagers 13 - 16 years old who have already committed crimes, or who are believed to be at risk. 

Police can use a variety of specific penalties and interventions to stop anti-social behaviour, and protect victims.

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