Definition: It is defined by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 generally as ‘behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to members or any member of the public’. (Sec 105)

 

‘Anti-social behaviour is any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that blights the lives of many people on a daily basis. It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life’.

 

For example; litter, vandalism, drunkenness, aggressive dogs, noisy and abusive neighbours, to name a few.

 

Such a wide range of behaviours means that responsibility for dealing with anti-social behaviour is shared between a number of agencies, particularly the police, councils and social landlords.

THE NEW ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR CRIME AND POLICE ACT 2014

The Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Police Act 2014 was introduced to make it easier for Police, Local Authorities and other agencies to use and administer the ASB tools and Powers.

The reforms are also in place to encourage partnership working amongst the different agencies and to allow the victim to have more say and control in how their ASB case is
being managed.

 

COMMUNITY TRIGGER

The Community Trigger has been introduced to give victims the ability to demand action, starting with a review of their case, where the locally defined threshold is met.

The Threshold is three complaints of ASB within the previous six months, with the last incident being within the last month.  The Community Trigger gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their case and to bring agencies together to take a joined up, problem solving approach to find a solution.  To look at all actions taken and explore any other actions that may help to solve the situation.

 

COMMUNITY REMEDY

The Community Remedy gives complainants the option of an out of court remedy, designed to give victims a say in the punishment of the offender for low level crime and anti-social behaviour. The Police Crime Commissioner will consult with members of the public and community representatives on what these actions can be, this may involve: repairing a fence that they have damaged, attending drug addiction classes, paying for repairs to damaged property.

 

INJUNCTION TO PREVENT NUISANCE ANNOYANCE

This power replaces the ASBO's anti social behaviour orders, which are used to stop or prevent someone from carrying out ASB, quickly nipping problems in the bud before they escalate.

 

CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER

A Criminal Behaviour Order is used when some has been convicted of a criminal offence and has been persistently causing anti social behaviour.

 

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POLICE DISPERSAL POWER

The Police Dispersal Power is to be used when a person is committing or likely to commit ASB, crime or disorder.  It can be used to require and individual to leave an area for up to 48 hours.

 

COMMUNITY PROTECTION NOTICE

The Community Protection Notice can be used to stop a person, business or organisation committing ASB which spoils the community's quality of life.  The behaviour has to be having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. Be of a persistent continuing nature and be unreasonable.

 

PUBLIC SPACES
PROTECTION ORDER

Designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space.  The behaviour would be having or likely to have a severe effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, be persistent or continuing nature and be unreasonable.

 

CLOSURE POWER

This has been introduced to allow the Police or Local Authority to quickly close premises which are being used, or likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder.

 

NEW ABSOLUTE GROUND
FOR POSSESSION

The bill introduces a new absolute ground for possession of Secure and Assured tenancies where ASB or criminality has already been proven by another court. The aim is to expedite the eviction of tenants causing ASB to bring faster relief to victims.

 

DISCRETIONARY GROUNDS

(Secure and Assure Tenancies) Amendments to current ASB Ground, individual has caused nuisance or annoyance to the landlord or someone in connection with their housing management functions.

 

NEW RIOT GROUND

individual has been convicted of an indictable offence which took place during and at the scene of a riot.

 

 

 

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