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Anti-social behaviour

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What is anti-social behaviour (ASB)?

Anti-social behaviour covers an extensive range of unacceptable actions that affect the lives of many people on a daily basis.  Other terms such as harassment, nuisance and disorder are also used to describe this type of behaviour.  It can often leave victims feeling helpless, anxious and with a seriously reduced quality of life. 

ASB is defined as "Behaviour by a person which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household".  (As amended in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

Examples of behaviour that could be defined as 'anti-social' are (this is not an exhaustive list but some examples): 

  • Rowdy, nuisance or inconsiderate behaviour

  • Vehicle nuisance/inappropriate use

  • Littering/drugs paraphernalia

  • Trespass

  • Street drinking

  • Noise pollution

  • Aggressive begging/vagrancy

  • Fireworks

  • Drug and alcohol misuse

  • Harassment

  • Homophobic behaviour

  • Threatening behaviour

  • Vandalism and graffiti

  • Abandoned vehicle (not stolen)


What is not anti-social behaviour?

Behaviour that annoys one person may not annoy someone else.  With each individual case we will consider whether certain incidents are anti-social behaviour.

Examples of when we do not generally take action are:

  • The sound of children playing or a baby crying

  • Minor personal disputes and differences

  • Everyday living noises, such as flushing toilets and closing doors




Updated: 1 Apr 2020
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