Anti-social behaviour

What it is and how to report it

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Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable.

Definition of ASB:

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014) defines ASB as:

  1. “conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person”
  2. “conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation of residential premises”
  3. “conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person”

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is classed under these three categories:




  • criminal damage
  • vandalism
  • graffiti
  • littering
  • fly-tipping
  • dog fouling
  • noise
  • rowdy behaviour
  • unreasonable behaviour
  • drug/substance misuse and dealing
  • vehicle related nuisance
  • begging
  • prostitution
  • street drinking
  • sexual acts
  • animal nuisance 
  • threatening language
  • aggressive behaviour
  • intimidation/harassment
  • hate related incidents

If you’re experiencing anti-social behaviour, you could try and talk to the person causing the problem. They may not realise they’re being anti-social. Only do this if you feel safe and comfortable.


Report ASB


Non-urgent crimes

Where non-urgent crimes have been committed such as criminal damage, threatening/abusive behaviour the police should be contacted via 101.


Environmental issues

To report environmental issues, like graffiti, fly-posting, rubbish or dog mess, please report to environmental health.


ASB involving a council tenant

If you’re a council tenant or the person responsible for the ASB is a council tenant, please report to our housing team.


To report anonymously

If you want to report a crime or incidents of ASB but want to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or report online.



Fearless is part of Crimestoppers and is designed for young people. You can find more information about types of ASB and report 100% anonymously online through Fearless


Hate related ASB

For more information on hate related ASB please visit our dedicated hate crime/incident page


Other ASB

All other issues of ASB should be reported to the ASB Team using our report anti-social behaviour form.

What to do if the problem isn’t resolved

You can start a Community Trigger if you’ve reported anti-social behaviour but don’t feel enough action has been taken.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024