Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
Any threatening, nuisance or intimidating behaviour which impacts on a person's quality of life.
When anti-social behaviour does affect your life, it can have a significant impact. ASB can include:
Who can help to resolve anti-social behaviour ?
Sometimes the person committing the anti-social behaviour does not realise the effect they are having on someone and may stop the behaviour when they are made aware. If you feel able to do so, approach the person who is behaving anti-socially and speak to them in a calm and polite manner, listen to what they have to say and be prepared to compromise, if appropriate.
However, if you are physically assaulted, then this is a criminal offence and should be reported immediately to the police using the 999 emergency number or 101 non-emergency number, both of which operate 24hrs a day.
If you feel that you can not speak to the person who is causing you harm, then that is when other agencies can get involved to help you. Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) provide the following teams that may be able to help you:
Central Bedfordshire Community Safety ASB Team
(Private tenants, home owners and community ASB issues)
Central Bedfordshire Council Environmental Protection Team
(Domestic noise, smoke and light nuisance, fly-tipping & litter)
Central Bedfordshire Landlord Services Estates Management Team
(Anti-social behaviour involving a Central Bedfordshire Council tenant)
The council operate a 24 hour reporting system for all these teams. Out of hours will be passed to the relevant team to begin investigation the next business working day. Telephone: 0300 300 8302
You can also report anti-social behaviour online at: www.centralbedfordshre.gov.uk/asb
Questions to consider when contacting any CBC ASB Team
Citizens Advice Bureau 01582 731616
Luton Law Centre 01582 481000
Environmental Health 0300 300 8000
Landlord Services Freephone repairs 0800 074 0263
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 200 0247
Our thanks to the Central Bedfordshire Council for permitting us to copy extracts from their leaflet on anti-social behaviour.
Anti-Social Behaviour - New Powers
Police, councils and housing associations across Bedfordshire are to take advantage of new powers aimed at helping them to fight anti-social behaviour. The powers came into effect on Monday, 20 October and are made possible following the Government’s new Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Police Act 2014. The partners agreed the key benefit of the legislation is that it helps ‘put victims first’ by making partnership working more effective and enforcement measures easier to implement. New ‘Community Protection Notices’ will allow police and local authorities to tackle environmentally anti-social behaviour such as noise or fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty tickets to those who breach them.
Local authorities will be able to impose new Public Space Protection Orders to prohibit certain kinds of behaviour, such as drinking and nuisance gatherings, within defined areas. Police and PCSOs will then be able to issue tickets to anyone who breaches them. Another tool is the ‘Community Remedy’ document. It gives victims the chance to work with police and PCSOs and have a say on what low-level offenders should do instead of being taken to court. They will be able to choose from a list of pre-defined “actions”.
Under the legislation any victim who is unhappy with the response to an on-going problem by police and partners can apply to pull a new “community trigger”. The trigger requires partners to meet, review their response and consider what more can be done. Ways to apply the trigger will be advertised via the partners’ web sites and marketing materials. A statement released by police and partners said: “We have given this legislation a great deal of consideration and concluded it will enable us as partners to build on much of the good work we are already doing to combat anti-social behaviour. That is great news for residents, great news for us and bad news for the small minority of individuals and groups who blight our communities with their selfish ways.”
A comprehensive presentation has been put together by the Police to describe the various acts that can be considered as anti-social behaviour, as well as the Police powers to deal with such situations. Please click on the image below to view this as PDF document.
Please note that the Home Office may change this guidance at short notice, but this presentation is correct as at 20 October 2014.