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Antisocial behaviour is a range of behaviours that can cause nuisance and annoyance or harm and distress to a person.

It is a wide range of unacceptable activity and includes things like: -Noise – including loud music, banging, DIY at unsocial hours, loud parties, frequent visitors at unsocial hours

  • Shouting, swearing and fighting
  • Intimidation through threats or actual violence
  • Harassment
  • Verbal abuse
  • Abusive behaviour aimed at causing distress or fear to certain people, for example, elderly or disabled people
  • Driving in an inconsiderate or careless way, for example, drivers congregating in an area for racing/car cruising
  • Dumping rubbish
  • Animal nuisance, including dog fouling, dogs barking
  • Vandalism, property damage and graffiti
  • Antisocial drinking
  • Arson

There is a fine line between anti-social behaviour and neighbour disputes which can often begin over relatively minor inconveniences such as parking.
However, if they persist, they can potentially become antisocial behaviour.

What anti-social behaviour isn't.
The following behaviours are not officially classed as anti-social:

  • Parking (including badly parked vehicles)
  • Children playing
  • Neighbours doing DIY (at reasonable times of the day)
  • Groups of people in the street or in parks, unless they are being rowdy, abusive, causing damage or committing other crimes
  • Noise caused by everyday living
  • Religious or cultural practice
  • A one-off party
  • General living noise

How to report anti-social behaviour
Who can you report anti-social behaviour to?

  • Your local authority
  • Your social housing landlord
  • The police

All the above have powers to deal with your report.
It is important that you keep a record of the incidents and the behaviour, as this will be of great help in investigating the behaviour and tackling it.

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