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Anti social behaviour and nuisance

We have a dedicated anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, who work in partnership with organisations such as Thames Valley Police, the Youth Offending Service and registered local landlords who have homes in this district.

Anti Social Behaviour Draft Policy

In April 2014 the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force. The new Act did not replace any of the previous Anti-social Behaviour Acts in their entirety but amended and updated them. Several powers from existing legislation were renamed and it introduced new concepts such as the 'Community trigger' referred to in the  pdf Anti social behaviour and nuisance policy (529kb).

To comply with this new legislation and to inform our communities of our commitment to tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour (ASB) we have re written our joint ASB policy. This policy seeks to set out a common approach for dealing with anti-social behaviour by the Council, so that we deliver a proportionate, consistent service in our communities. In developing the policy regard has been given to the joint corporate Enforcement Policy published on our website. We invite you to comment on our draft policy, with any recommendations you may have to make sure the policy meets the vision of our priority of a 'safe, green and clean' district. Anti social behaviour and nuisance policy questionnaire. The closing date for the questionnaire is 28 December 2016.

Within this partnership, our role is to challenge the people who are responsible for anti social behaviour, and we can do this in various ways:

  1. We may give a verbal or written warning and ask the person concerned to sign an acceptable behaviour contract (ABC). An ABC is a voluntary agreement made between the individual responsible for anti-social behaviour (ASB) and the Police and Council.  It sets out ways in which the individual will behave in the future, and contains a commitment by the individual not to do certain things.  An ABC usually lasts for six months.  If after this time the ASB is still continuing then the individual responsible will be visited by the ASB Team.
  2. In the case of very serious behaviour we would apply to the courts for an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO). An ASBO protects the public from behaviour which causes alarm, harassment or distress. An ASBO (whilst not a punishment) will contain conditions which will prohibit the activities that caused the problem.  It is a criminal offence to break an ASBO, and if an individual does,  they can be arrested and taken back to court.
  3. If the ASB involves the use of a car, motorcycle or mini moto, then the vehicles may be taken away and destroyed after a warning has been given. (See download to the right which details section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002).
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