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What is Nuisance Anti-Social Behaviour?

Nuisance Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is when “a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.” (Metropolitan Police)

This type of ASB is not focused in the same way as personal ASB, rather it has an impact on the wider community. It can include noise nuisance, intimidating behaviour, where people are targeted irrelevant of who they are, verbal abuse, swearing and violence. It can include the use of vehicles to make it hard for a community to safely move around.

Nuisance ASB includes where an act, condition, thing or person causes trouble, annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering to the local community. It includes incidents where behaviour goes beyond the conventional bounds of acceptability and interferes with public interests, including health, safety and quality of life. What is deemed as acceptable behaviour and nuisance behaviour may differ between different communities.

All the different activities (see Anti-Social Behaviour and Disorder) can be used or included in nuisance ASB. The key element is that it is targeted towards people, rather than a specific individual or group.

See Anti-Social Behaviour and Disorder for a full list of relevant legislation. Specifically:

This Act set in place the six remedies currently available to manage ASB, which are: civil injunctions; criminal behaviour orders; community protection notices; public spaces protection orders; closure orders; dispersal powers. It also introduced the community trigger and community remedy.

  • Civil injunctions

Courts award injunctions to stop people engaging in ASB. They can be awarded without notice but are only available if there has been a threat or use of violence.

  • Criminal behaviour orders

Criminal court issued against a person who has been convicted of an offence and is causing ASB.

  • Dispersal powers

Allow the police to order a person who is causing harassment, alarm or distress to leave a specific area for up to 48 hours.

  • Community protection notices

Can be issued by local authorities, police and some housing associations to address a wide range of problems, such as littering and noise nuisance.

  • Public space protection orders
  • Can be used by local authorities to prevent persistent, unreasonable and/or detrimental behaviour.
  • In addition, depending on the type of ASB, other legislation may be involved – such as Drug Trafficking and Dealing, Serious Violence and Hate Crime.

  • Resolve

Resolve website – includes information on their BTEC programmes and a range of other resources

  • ASB Help

Community Trigger podcast

  • Hampshire Police & Concord Media

Nuisance (YouTube)

Useful Links

ASB Help – information for victims and practitioners

Visit the Website

Victim Support – information and support for victims

Visit the Website

Crimestoppers – information on what ASB is and how to report it

Visit the Website

Resolve – information and advice for practitioners

Visit the Website

Help and Support

For victims, families and concerned people

ASB Help provide information and advice to those impacted by anti-social behaviour in Wales and England. They also have information on who to report to, such as Local Authorities, Police and Housing Associations.

Community Trigger (also known as ASB case review) is available through Local Authorities (see Directory), or via the four police force websites (Dyfed Powys, Gwent, North Wales, South Wales)  If there have been three or more times within six months that you or others have reported incidents then you can use the Trigger for a review to be carried out so that agencies deal with persistent ASB. For more information see the ASB Help website.

If you experience ASB, you may have to help provide evidence before action can be taken. Ask who you are reporting to what information/ evidence they will need. Increasingly some are utilising Apps. You may have to call the police on 101 or even 999 if it’s an emergency.