Antisocial Behaviour

The term Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of unacceptable activities that have a negative impact on the community, often leaving victims feeling helpless and reducing their quality of life.

ASB is defined as:

“Behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress”

Examples include:

  • Nuisance associated with the selling of drugs or drug substance misuse
  • Acts of harassment
  • Racist behaviour, language or graffiti
  • Acts or threats of discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, ethnic origin, illness or disability
  • Using or threatening to use violence
  • Writing or displaying graffiti or literature that is threatening, abusive or insulting
  • Sending communication that is threatening, abusive, racist or insulting

If you feel you have been a victim of ASB, contact the ASB Team: on 01908 252937 (option 4)
or email

If you require details on how to raise a Community Trigger, visit our report it page, or follow the link: Milton Keynes Council Anti Social Behaviour Page

Recent Legislation

Anti Social Behaviour Act 2014

To provide better protection for victims and communities, the government introduced the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014(opens in a new window) which provides simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, and is designed to ensure victims are supported.

A number of new measures to better protect communities from the serious harm caused by anti-social behaviour are covered within this Act. These are:

  • the criminal behaviour order which is issued by the courts after a person has been convicted for a criminal offence. Under the order, a person who has been convicted would be banned from certain activities or places, and would also be required to address their behaviour, for example by attending a drug treatment programme. A breach could see an adult face up to five years in prison.
  • the police dispersal power allows the police to disperse anti-social individuals and provide short-term respite to a local community. The power is preventative and allows an officer to deal instantly with someone’s behaviour in a particular place and to confiscate related items.
  • the community protection notice enables local authorities and police to stop persistent environmental anti-social behaviour, like graffiti, neighbour noise or rubbish on private land.
  • the public spaces protection order is a power which allows a local council to deal with a particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing universal conditions on the use of that area. This can be used to tackle issues like dog fouling and restricting the consumption of alcohol.
  • the closure power which allows the police or local council to close premises where anti-social behaviour has been committed, or was likely to be committed.
  • the new absolute ground for possession which will speed up the possession process in cases where anti-social behaviour or criminality has already been proven by another court.

Giving victims a say

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 also includes two new measures which are designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with:

  • the community trigger which gives victims the ability to demand action, starting with a review of their case, where the locally defined threshold is met.
  • the community remedy which gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

These powers are more flexible, quicker to obtain and less bureaucratic, making it easier for the police, local councils, social landlords and other local agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour and puts victims at the heart of the process.

Community Trigger requests

Under section 104 of this Act the Local Authority is required to provide an annual statement of community trigger requests:

Between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 4 requests for a Community Trigger.

1 request had a full community trigger review carried out, with partner recommendations to complete.
2 did not meet the criteria – advice was provided and advised to contact following the advice if issue persisted
1 request was still open to partner casework at the end of March 2016 awaiting further information from the requester.