What is Anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour is defined as anything that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress.
It covers many types of behaviour that vary in nature and severity, many of which are open to interpretation. Thus what is considered anti-social by one person can be acceptable to another. Anti-social behaviour usually falls into 3 categories:
Street problems which can include...
- Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
- Anti-social drinking
- Dealing and buying drugs in public
- Street racers / driving anti socially
- Mini motos
Nuisance neighbours can include...
- Noise (Please see Noise Pollution for further advice)
- Criminal damage
Environmental Anti-social behaviour includes;
- Fly Tipping
- Misuse of fireworks
What we can do
We have Anti-Social Behaviour Officers who are able to provide advice and support, they work with partners including the police to find solutions to local issues. The Anti-Social Behaviour leaflet provides information on some of the tools and powers available to us to tackle anti-social behaviour.
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us or complete our Anti-social behaviour reporting form
What kind of behaviour is not covered?
The law on anti-social behaviour doesn't cover all kinds of behaviour. It's important to realise that, just because you don't like someone or you don't agree with the way they behave, this doesn't necessarily mean they are behaving anti-socially. For example:
- Complaints about children playing in gardens
- Parking and driveway issues
- Boundary disputes
- Owner occupier neighbours civil disputes that should be dealt with by solicitors
Alternatively, you could approach the Citizens Advice Bureau for help with your query.
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