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What is Anti-social behaviour (ASB)?

This section contains all the information relating to anti-social behaviour (ASB) and explains the processes of how we deal with it.

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment. This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • street drinking
  • environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
  • prostitution related activity
  • begging and vagrancy
  • fireworks misuse
  • inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
  • noise pollution

We take these issues seriously and we work closely with the local authorities, registered social landlords and other partners to use all the tools and powers available to tackle anti-social behaviour.

In serious cases we can use a range of legal actions to stop the problem, such as Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs), Civil Injunction, Community Protection Notices, Closure Powers and Dispersal Orders.

You can report anti-social behaviour to us via our online reporting form.

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