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What is Anti-social Behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour can cover a wide range of situations ranging from minor neighbour disputes arising from a difference in life styles to serious criminal behaviour.

There is no simple definition for anti-social behaviour.

To describe anti-social behaviour we refer to the following broad definitions as found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Housing Act 1996 and the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014:

  • conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person,
  • conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises, or;
  • conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person. (ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014)

There are a many factors which on their own or in combination can constitute anti-social behaviour as defined above. The following are some of the most common:

  • Excessive noise (especially late at night)
  • Threatening or swearing at neighbours
  • Criminal activity
  • Nuisance caused by animals
  • Vandalism
  • Assault or physical violence including domestic violence
  • Dumping of litter or rubbish
  • Racist or homophobic abuse or graffiti

We do not consider the following to be ASB:

  • People mowing their lawns or carrying out other garden maintenance at reasonable times and frequency
  • People vacuuming or using other domestic appliances at reasonable times and frequency
  • People carrying out DIY repairs at reasonable times
  • Noise generated by everyday living, i.e. walking across laminate flooring wearing shoes
  • Cooking Smells
  • Children playing in their homes or in the locality of their home or a designated playing area. Children playing ball games is normally not considered to be anti-social behaviour
  • Some parking issues
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