Anti Social Behaviour

Are you anti-social?

Vehicle misuse
Noisy neighbours
Street drinking
Firework misuse

You are committing anti-social behaviour if you or a group you are with do the following:

  • Cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person of another household
  • Cause a person to feel personally threatened
  • Cause a public nuisance or detrimental impact upon the environment
  • Cause a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole

Although anti-social behaviour is not a crime, the Police can act to stop the behaviour and keep communities safe by following a 3 step process:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Multi-agency meeting

Not enough?

If you are not able to stop your behaviour, there are a number of options open to the police and their partners.


  • Mediation
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contract
    This is a voluntary written agreement between a young person, usually aged between 10 and 18, and the local authority and police. The young person agrees not to be involved with certain specified anti-social acts. It is usually for 6 months.
  • Referral to other agencies
  • Support and Counselling Services


  • Civil Injunction
    Civil Injunctions are used to prevent nuisance and annoyance. It places sanctions on the person to stop their behaviour and to to demand positive actions to address the underlying reasons for their behaviour.
  • Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)
    These are given at youth court (for under 18s) against the most seriously antisocial individuals.
  • Community Protection Notice (CPN) 16+
    It is aimed at stopping behaviour that is having a negative impact on the local community’s quality of life. It requires behaviour to stop and sometimes to take steps to ensure it is not repeated in the future.
  • Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
    Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO ) are to deal with a particular nuisance in a particular area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can prohibit certain things or require specific things to be done.
  • Dispersal Power
    A Dispersal Order means that the Police can ask a group of two or more people to leave the dispersal area if they are doing anything wrong, or if they believe that they may or are likely to cause a nuisance to someone else
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