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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour means "any behaviour from any person that causes another person harassment alarm or distress". This means hurting or upsetting someone.

Types of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Graffiti and vandalism
  • Littering or dumping rubbish
  • Misuse of fireworks including using them late at night
  • Shouting or noisy behaviour in places where this might be annoying or upsetting (e.g. outside someone's house)
  • Using rude, abusive or insulting language
  • Threatening  behaviour or bullying - including on the internet or via mobile phones
  • Uncontrolled or dangerous dogs
  • Assaulting someone or threatening them
  • Stealing
  • Joyriding or using vehicles in an anti-social manner (for example noisy radios, wheel spinning)
  • Drinking alcohol in the street
  • Rowdy drunken behaviour in the street.

Some antisocial behaviour, are crimes and punishable by the law. Each case will be treated individually. Anti-social behaviour is widespread and takes many forms. The Police and Council work together in partnership, identifying and then trying to resolve these issues.