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

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.

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 Thursday, May 18, 2023