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Guide to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 22 Nov 2020 | comments*Discuss
 
Antisocial Behaviour Crime And Policing

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 aimed to provide additional powers to those provided by the AntiSocial Behaviour Act 2003. It consolidates provisions in a number of other Acts including the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, the Police Act 1997, and The Terrorism Act 2000.

Injunctions

Under the 2003 Act Registered social landlords can apply for an injunction preventing certain persons from attending the landlord's property. The injunction will be given in respect of people who cause nuisance or annoyance to neighbours surrounding a particular property.

The 2014 Act widened the circumstances in which the Court could grant an injunction:

  • The Court can now grant an injunction against people as young as 10 years old if they a) engage or threaten to engage in anti-social behaviour, and b) it is just and convenient to grant in order to prevent anti-social behaviour
  • If the injunction is made against someone under the age of 18, it can only last up to 12 months
  • If the person is 18 years or older, the injunction can exclude them from their home if there is a risk of the use of violence (or threat of use), or a significant risk of harm to others
  • The injunction can be requested by a number of different parties including the Local Authority, Police (including British Transport Police), a social housing provider and The Environment Agency
  • A power of arrest can be attached by the court so that the person can be arrested for breach of the injunction

Parenting Orders and Criminal Behaviour Orders

The 2003 Act introduced Parenting Orders. Parenting Orders can be given to parents to identify steps that they must take to control their children. In particular, this controversially introduced "parenting contracts" which make parents responsible if their children truant.

"We live in a council estate & it clearly states NO BALL GAMES on a sign posted placed on the wall where everyone can see it! Yet time & time again these young boys continue to play all types of ball games! Especially during the summer, they play until 10 in the evening. Recently one of them kicked the ball so hard that it smashed one of the windows."

It may be worth contacting your local council about this one. Unless the "no ball games" rule is a local by-law the police will be unlikely to take action. However if the children are causing a nuisance to local residents (i.e. by breaking windows), the Council may consider asking their parents to control them. Has a window only been smashed once though? If so, the Council may argue that a one-off event doesn't constitute a "nuisance".

The 2014 act created Criminal Behaviour Orders, which switch the onus back to the offender themselves. These can be granted if two conditions are met:

  1. The person has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to others, and
  2. The court considers that the order will help to prevent criminal behaviour

If the person is under 18 years, the order will last 1-3 years. If the person is 18 years or older, the order will last a minimum of 2 years, with no maximum limit.

It is a criminal offence to breach a Criminal Behaviour Order, which could result in up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine.

Dispersal

Under the 2003 Act, the police have the power to disperse groups of two or more people who have gathered in any public place, if their presence 'has resulted or is likely to result in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed'. This does not however apply to authorised protests or pickets. The police may also accompany any child under the age of 16 years to their home between 9pm and 6am.

The 2003 Act also strengthened the powers of the police to move unauthorised travellers' sites. It gave the police powers to disperse a public assembly of just 2 or more people who were likely to 'cause serious public disorder, serious damage to property, or serious disruption' to the community.

The 2014 Act confirmed this power, and allows any police officer of the rank of inspector or above to authorise dispersal for up to 48 hours. It is an offence to not comply with police dispersal, which can result in up to 3 months imprisonment and/or a fine. However the dispersal can't prevent a person's access to their own home, work place, medical treatment, or education. (You may have to go a different and perhaps longer way round though.)

Public Spaces Protection Orders

In addition, the 2014 Act created Public Spaces Protection Orders. This allows police officers to prevent certain activities being carried out in a particular area, in order to prevent public nuisance. (For example no skateboarding on a particular public space.) The police can therefore disperse anyone failing to comply with that order. Public Space Protection Orders last for up to 3 years, but can be renewed.

Alcohol consumption

The 2014 Act allows police to prohibit alcohol consumption in public places. You may most commonly notice this in city centres, where bars will not allow you to take your drink outside when you leave.

There is a well documented link between alcohol consumption and the increase of antisocial behaviour and crime. The idea behind the prohibition is therefore to ensure closer monitoring of public drinking (bars should refuse to serve you alcohol if you are too intoxicated), and to try to curb antisocial behaviour and associated crime.

This supports the 2003 Act provisions which gave Accredited Community Support Officers and Rail Community Officers the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices in respect of a number of offences. These include the consumption of alcohol in a public area, or using insulting or abusive behaviour likely to cause 'harassment, alarm or distress'. The use of threatening or abusive words or behaviour is also an offence under the Public Order Act 1986 (section 5).

"Every other night there are annoying loud drunks who feel the need to have conversations at 3am in the morning around the back. There was a fight next door a couple of weeks ago and since then (tonight included) there are people that being aggressive and threatening to each other: screaming, swearing all sorts of vulgarities, threatening to stab, kill etc."

Try reporting this to your local police (the non-emergency number is 101) as they can take action using Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986. Note however that it will be a defence for your neighbours if they are inside and had no reason to believe that their behaviour would be heard outside their house. It may therefore be best to speak to your neighbours and explain that you can hear them shouting first.

Closure of Premises

Under the 2003 Act, the police can apply to a Magistrates Court to close residential premises either:
" Concerned in the use, production or supply of Class A drugs (usually cocaine) and which have been of serious nuisance or disorder to members of the public within the last 3 months, or
" Associated with significant and persistent disorder, or persistent serious nuisance to members of the public within the last 3 months

The 2014 Act widened this power, so police don't have to wait until nuisance has already occurred. The police can now close premises which have or are likely to result in nuisance to the public, or which have or are likely to be associated with disorder near the premises.The closure can last up to 72 hours (not including Christmas Day). However it can't prevent access to a person's home, or prevent the owner from entering their own premises.A copy of a closure notice must be fixed to the premises in a prominent place so it would be seen by anyone trying to enter. The police can also secure premises against entry, and are authorised to use reasonable force to carry out the closure if required.

It is an offence to breach a closure order, which can result in up to 51 weeks imprisonment, and/or a fine.

Recovery of residential premises

In good news for Landlords, the 2014 Act assists them in recovering residential property from misbehaving tenants. Under the 2014 Act, the residential premises can be recovered if:
  1. The dweller is convicted of a serious offence that was committed in or around the area of the property; or
  2. The dweller has breached a 2014 Act injunction in the locality of the premises; or
  3. The dweller has breached a Criminal Behaviour Order.

Control of dogs

The 2014 Act helped to provide some clarity on the test for animal destruction under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. It states that the court should consider the temperament of the dog, its past behaviour, whether its owner was a proper person to be in charge of it, and any other relevant circumstances.

This is potentially good news for animal lovers, as it reduces the likelihood of a dog been killed due to being unfortunate enough to have an improper owner.

The Act also increases the sentences for the owner of a "dangerous dog" in the hope that this will promote more responsible dog ownership:

  • If the attacked person dies - up to 14 years imprisonment
  • If the attacked person is injured (but doesn't die)- up to 5 years imprisonment
  • If an assistance dog is injured - up to 3 years

Possession of firearms

The 2003 Act made it illegal to be in the possession of an airgun or imitation firearm in a public place. It is also illegal to sell a realistic imitation firearm unless the buyer legitimately needs it.

The 2014 Act makes it illegal to manufacture, sell, transfer or possess any prohibited weapon or ammunition. Further, the 2014 Act confirms that it is illegal to possess a firearm for any reason within 5 years of a person being imprisoned for a period of 3 months or more. The penalty for improper importation of firearms also dramatically increased from a maximum of 7 years to potential life imprisonment; a real sign of the government's crackdown on the "underground" firearm industry.

Graffiti

Under the 2003 Act, Councils can serve a graffiti removal notice on the owner of any street furniture (e.g. a bus stop or telephone box). There is however a defence to a graffiti removal notice - 'the defacement is neither detrimental to the amenity of the area nor offensive'.

"My next door neighbour has made huge bizarre chalk drawings on the side of his house. It's the first thing we see when we look out of our door or window. He does them on his driveway too but the rain washes them off. However, it doesn't wash the chalk drawings from the walls. It's bizarre and unsightly and is blighting the street and is making us depressed."

If the drawings are making you depressed, try speaking to your neighbour. Can he draw them on a side of his house that does not face yours? You could speak to your local council and ask them to use their powers under Section 6. However if the nature of the drawing is not offensive (i.e. not a swear word) then the council may be unable to make your neighbour remove it.

High Hedges

Town planning legislation controls the height of fences, (these cannot usually be over 2 metres high,) but hedges are not controlled by that piece of legislation. The 2003 Act attempted to deal with this issue by giving local authorities the power to investigate complaints about the height of hedges and if necessary order that their height is reduced. However Councils can charge a fee for dealing with these complaints. The fee varies from area to area and can be from a few pounds, to a few hundred pounds. Check with your local council for the cost of an application. Note that if you "dock" your neighbour's hedge without their permission, this could constitute criminal damage.

Other questions

"We have moved house to a generally peaceful and respected area but as we have two young kids we have been targeted by so called friends of the same age, constantly calling at our house to PLAY.. but as our child does not want to associate with these certain kids they persist to ride their scooters in front of our window (which is through the gate and down the drive!) and when they are asked to leave the property we get stones and anything else they have , thrown at us and our property... How are we supposed to deal with this as they are only kids?"

If these children are acting in an aggressive way (i.e. throwing stones at you), report this is your local police. The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10 years old. They can therefore be held responsible for their actions. Note that if the stones hit you, or damage your property, this is a criminal offence (assault or criminal damage).

"My next door neighbour's ... garden is a 'mish-mash' of strange dead wood and log 'features' that he seems to think are attractive..."

Unfortunately we all have different tastes, and as long as the "features" are not considered offensive (for example a large swastika), then your neighbour is entitled to have whatever "features" he wishes in his garden. If they upset you, can you take action to prevent you from seeing these, for example planting a small hedge at your property boundary?

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Freddy West - 22-Nov-20 @ 11:17 PM
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Sailor - 20-Sep-20 @ 7:13 AM
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Sailor - 20-Sep-20 @ 7:10 AM
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Mm - 25-Aug-20 @ 3:42 PM
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Lulu - 27-Jul-20 @ 4:23 AM
Hello Just after some info and what we can do about anti social behaviour? as a community many have suffered some form of verbal and physical abuse from the family in question, only yesterday was my turnand me being the peace and love type of person i am I tried to resolve it as amibically as I could and went to see the parents. It might seem trivial to some but the children in question are not from our area and come and visit family. for years they have victimised other children and adults when challenged over behaviours and are constantly fighting, the parents do nothing and continue to allow these children to roam the streets and park when it was open and when other families confront them and raise concerns about their child's behaviour they do nothing. A lot of the bahaviour is swearing and fighting but it's constant and not one weekend or weekday they are down goes by where some family hasn't been at the brunt of their abuse , sorry to rant so my question is, how can we as a community protect our young and ourselfs can the children/teens be issued with an asbo or the parents and does it need the whole community to speak out for one to be placed ?? As I know just like the drug crime and many other issues a lot of our community are afraid to report and will sit back and take or watch what's going on around them Thanks
Tell me more - 26-Jul-20 @ 7:54 PM
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MF - 6-May-20 @ 8:11 AM
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Sonia - 13-Mar-20 @ 10:53 PM
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Bunmy - 17-Dec-19 @ 7:01 PM
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Jane - 9-Dec-19 @ 2:54 AM
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DJ - 20-Oct-19 @ 11:10 PM
I am exhausted with neighbours' children's voices.(screaming, crying, banging, yelling, being loud, as their parents and grandparents think they will be pushovers if they can not yell as much they please). There is always a gang of children outside for ten years in close proximity. I live in a detached house and got into trouble with this couple in sales business, as she is not my next door neigbour and still brought herself and the gang of families with kids to my fence and i politely asked them if they could use their own garden and she and her husband started talking about me in the street to passers by saying i shouöd move. They wanted their children to play ball games in the street and there was always about ten people there. Families in the neighborhood gathered here in the street. There is always a gang of people here. About thirty families have been taking turns bringing themswlves and loud kids here . I am exhausted and worried about my kids. they have some kind of gang stalking going on where they use their children to make noise. It is not normal here. Hardly anyone ever hears any noise inside but i have had constant noise since 2007 when this it/construction salesperson moved her.
Margarita Ivanovich - 26-Sep-19 @ 8:02 PM
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Mac - 15-Apr-19 @ 4:21 PM
We bought our house a little over a year ago and there is a property that adjoins ours at the bottom of their garden. The problem I have is that the 16 year old son of the family that live their keeps kicking a ball against my garage wall and up onto the fragile roof of the garage. The ball has also hit our second floor window. The garage roof now has a minor leak. I have asked several times for them to stop this practice with no success. The previous house owners had the same problem as does the house that adjoins said neighbour. We have suffered a tirade of verbal abuse also when asking them to stop. This family has caused problems in the area for years so I have been informed and nothing anyone does seems to address the issues. I believe the house is rented unlike the others in this area that are privately owned and I cannot find out who the letter or letting agent is. What can I do as I don’t feel I can go into my own rear garden safely and I am worried that my property will suffer further damage.
Mac - 15-Apr-19 @ 11:41 AM
We bought our house a little over a year ago and there is a property that adjoins ours at the bottom of their garden. The problem I have is that the 16 year old son of the family that live their keeps kicking a ball against my garage wall and up onto the fragile roof of the garage. The ball has also hit our second floor window. The garage roof now has a minor leak. I have asked several times for them to stop this practice with no success. The previous house owners had the same problem as does the house that adjoins said neighbour. We have suffered a tirade of verbal abuse also when asking them to stop. This family has caused problems in the area for years so I have been informed and nothing anyone does seems to address the issues. I believe the house is rented unlike the others in this area that are privately owned and I cannot find out who the letter or letting agent is. What can I do as I don’t feel I can go into my own rear garden safely and I am worried that my property will suffer further damage.
Mac - 15-Apr-19 @ 11:40 AM
Just giving the owners of this website some feedback, re their response to 'Lenny.' You say the council have done their duty, however Lenny has been treated like he himself is the cause.This is an uncivilized and unprofessional approach from the council and police.Also, all the neighbors have to do is go quiet for the three months, and then start up again. How exactly, have the police and council done their duty?How do you come to this conclusion? Like many of us with neighbor difficulties, Lenny has found out that the police and council do not operate at a level necessary to maintain first world civilization. If you want to actually help people, this problem needs to be addressed.
Phil - 11-Feb-19 @ 7:18 PM
Hi there’s a 37-year-old very manipulative little class A drug dealer going by the name of Suzanne Gail hinks & baby father Chico Rizwan sajjad from the council estate Charmlesly wood B376sd AreaSuzanne has sold class a substance for number of 10 years as she is well known in the area for supplying class A in front of her two daughters soph hinks&sara hinks The two daughtersget manipulated by Suzanne to pushclass a substance from outside the flat in Chelmsley Wood also outside Windy arbour skool in Charmlesly woodSuzanne miniplate her daughters from getting her supply of class a substance from her partner Chico that lives on tunbridge Road in Erdington B24 also know to claim benefits such as jobseekers allowance & a class a drug dealer but work at platinum exclusive car hire on the Coventry Road small HeathBirmingham Suzanne mother Gail Russell and 2 sisters Amy Russelland Kylie Tomlinson areinvolved in selling and supplying class a substance for Suzanne and her baby father saj Rizwan and Suzanne family members mother and sisters supply class a substance in front of the children
Cookie - 12-Dec-18 @ 5:19 AM
I have been the victim of harassment and what feels like stalking but also intimidation and racism for been white. Criminal damage to my property and my younger son who is only 6 years old has been attacked by the mother of 5 children nextdoor was getting her children to throw stones over the back garden fence and one of the stones hit my 6 year old on his right eye which caused bruising and swelling when the stone hit my son he screamed in pain and the mother of 5 my neighbour was laughing and saying yes we got him to her children and they all was laughing. My neighbours like I said have 5 children. They wake us up between 02.00am up until 05.00 every morning. I have a son with special needs and he has been threatened by these neighbours andalso called stupid white scum. My family have been spat at and racially abused when visiting me and they are my sons grandparents my sons grandfather has had 2 heart attacks and cant take the stress and strain of it all. My younger so has been put though play theropy at school and has been falling asleep in school because of these neighbours as so has my older son at collage and where he has special needs he is finding it very difficult to concentrate due to been so tied as we get woken every night by screaming shouting banging and the 2 parents screaming at the kids then rowing amongst there selfs. I have put in complaint after complaint. I have had to phone the police so many times and all they keep getting is a warning. They are destroying my children's lives and mine. My younger son is scared to go out into his own back garden on his own even though I have put up cctv. This nightmare needs to end her housing officer is been contacted nearly every day by me. My housing association are doing there absolute best. But the neighbours even refused mediation with me. I have an harrassment order on them but that's not working. My 17 year old is also having to go to counseling and the doctors are looking to put him on sleeping tablets as he is so tired from been woken up every night. I need help these neighbours hav back in june phoned social services and the nspcc on me and it was all put down by the police and social services as malicious. Only last night the man nextdoor was taking videos of my bedroom window and I caught him on cctv I phoned 999 straight away and doing the 4 hour wait for themm ti fo.e the neighbours were banging on the walls and shouting to me stupid white birch we ain't finished with you yet and shouting though honky honky honky honky white slag.I have so much evidence on them but there housing officer has been informed of all the evidence I have to show him but has not been in contact to come and visit to watch it all. I'm at pure breaking point. HELP
Mummyof3 - 25-Sep-18 @ 4:49 PM
I have a neighbour whose giving me grief and about 12 other neighbours we keep reporting her again and again our housing association aren't doing much about her or her destructive 8 year old son. I'm now being watched 24/7 always giving me grief I'm 56 go to work unlike her it's now causing me to get depressed what can I do about it
helen - 17-Aug-18 @ 10:57 PM
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My neighbours throwing rubbish inside building and outside even they are through baby nappy every where rubbish:( how we can sorted this out
BAHAR - 21-Jul-18 @ 11:07 AM
My neighbour is insistent that I have caused a rat problem by feeding the birds. I have never seen more that one rat occasionally, we live by the water, but in the interest of compromise I have moved to a bird feeder that leaves no mess. Since then, my neighbour has put 6 inch nails on the adjoining garden fence. He has erected 6 ft fencing at the front of his property, which is not in keeping with the area. Today, he has rerouted the drain ppipeacross the length of the 6ft fence to drain onto a public path. I have tried to gain the support of the council, but they never respond to my emails and I get automated advise,which does not relate to this when I ring.I am now left with a 6ft fence with piping across it at t he front of my property. Any advice?
Desperate - 4-Jul-18 @ 7:35 PM
Lenny - Your Question:
Had so much trouble in the last 4 years with neighbours. Constantly suffering verbal abuse. Smashed windows but could not be proven that neighbours responsible. Always being called a grass or informant. Council don’t seem to be interested and always want to make out that I must have done something to have created the problem in first place to cause the reaction I’ve received. Police hands are tied really as a lot of what happens is a council matter and not police matter. Neighbours have been issued with 2 public order fixed penalties. An order to prevent their dog returning until they have erected a fence too. Noise monitors have been installed several times but council send warning letters to neighbours stating monitors will be used over the next 3 months. Neighbours just be fairly quiet for that period of time. Met with local councillor but didn’t help too much but was sympathetic to our plight. I feel council failed on so many levels but who do I take this complaint to? Already wrote email to council head who put me in touch with another housing officer but as I’ve said Im made to feel like it’s me that’s the problem

Our Response:
It sounds as though the council and the police have performed their duty so it may be difficult to claimed they have failed you. Two fixed penalty orders plus an order to get their fence secured, together with noise monitors being placed in your home several times etc. If still feel you want to complain you could try the Local Government Ombudsman
ProblemNeighbours - 2-Jul-18 @ 12:07 PM
Had so much trouble in the last 4 years with neighbours. Constantly suffering verbal abuse. Smashed windows but could not be proven that neighbours responsible. Always being called a grass or informant. Council don’t seem to be interested and always want to make out that I must have done something to have created the problem in first place to cause the reaction I’ve received. Police hands are tied really as a lot of what happens is a council matter and not police matter. Neighbours have been issued with 2 public order fixed penalties. An order to prevent their dog returning until they have erected a fence too. Noise monitors have been installed several times but council send warning letters to neighbours stating monitors will be used over the next 3 months. Neighbours just be fairly quiet for that period of time. Met with local councillor but didn’t help too much but was sympathetic to our plight. I feel council failed on so many levels but who do I take this complaint to? Already wrote email to council head who put me in touch with another housing officer but as I’ve said Im made to feel like it’s me that’s the problem
Lenny - 28-Jun-18 @ 10:08 PM
How do i get moved from an ongoing violent abusive next door neighbour .i am suffering here as so is my vulnerabld son who is in special needs .the neighbour got a hammer threateining my son got it videod...he got arrested ...he shouts abuse over the fence at all of us an any friends or family .he sprays my windows constantly .he waved a garden knife at my son with swearing at him .i have emailed council of all events sent videos an pictures also emailed my mp an spoke to police.hes a drunk sometimes my dogs very nervous now i cant even use my back garden as he dmshouts things an watches oit of the top window .being a anxirety sufferer imvery stressed an so is my son .i want to be rehoused we cannot live like this ....we need help urgently .????
Debs - 22-May-18 @ 12:29 PM
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