Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
Anti-social Behaviour Orders, or ASBOs as they are commonly known, are statutory measures that aim to protect the public and are effective for a minimum of 2 years, but there are lifetime ASBOs! They can be used against offenders living in any type of housing and to tackle anti-social behaviour in a wide range of situations and settings.
Anti-social behaviour orders can be made against any person aged 10 or over who has acted in an anti-social manner, and is legally defined as:
- 'A manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household, as the perpetrator
- where an order is needed to protect person(s) from further anti-social acts.'
An ASBO is not intended to punish the offender. It is to prohibit that person from continuing to do specified anti-social acts or entering defined locations, in order to protect the public in those areas. They are civil orders made in civil proceedings.
ASBOs are used in extreme cases which cannot be resolved by other means and where other interventions have failed.
Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) can be applied for, in Court, by many agencies, such as ourselves, Police, British Transport Police, Registered Social Landlords or The Environment Agency.
Once an ASBO has been issued the details of the order and the person it applies to will be publicized. This provides the public with the information about the order and how to report a breach of the order. Publicizing the ASBO can act as a deterrent to other people whose misbehaviour affects the quality of other people's life.
An ASBO can be extended to provide protection, not just for specific people in a specific area, but to any person anywhere in England and Wales.
However, to breach an ASBO is a criminal act. If an ASBO is breached, the following penalties are available;
- Sentence to six months imprisonment (maximum) and/or a fine not exceeding £5000, or, on indictment (crown court) an adult defendant can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and/or a fine,
Courts may impose community penalties but not a conditional discharge.
It is possible for an ASBO to be varied or discharged. This has to be agreed by all parties.
Persons who are under an Anti-social Behaviour Order will be closely monitored by the relevant agencies in order that any breaches will be noticed. Requests for a variation can be applied for in order to prevent further poor behaviour, or, as an acknowledgement of good behaviour.
We have a legal duty to publicise Anti-social Behaviour Orders.
An ASBO is taken out to protect the public and its effectiveness depends on people knowing about that order. It lets you know what action has been taken in your area and tells you what you should do if you see it being breached.
View the current Anti-social Behaviour Orders on our Justice Seen Justice Done - Current ASBOs page.
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.
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