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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...

Nuisance neighbours can include...

Environmental Anti-social behaviour includes;

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.

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:

Alternatively, you could approach the Citizens Advice Bureau for help with your query.

Related documents

Size Name
[2Mb] Anti-Social Behaviour Leaflet Anti-Social Behaviour Leaflet
[551kb] Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy ASB Strategy
[1Mb] Anti-social behaviour diary ASB Diary

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.