What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) has a profound impact on victims and how safe they feel in their neighbourhood.  Anti-social behaviour can involve harm to an individual, to the wider community or to the environment.  It covers a wide variety of incidents, some of which are criminal offences and will be dealt with by police and others which are better dealt with either by the council or other agencies such as Social Landlords. 

Examples include:

  • Substance misuse i.e. dealing or using drugs in the street
  • Drinking alcohol on the streets
  • Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
  • Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
  • Graffiti, vandalism and littering
  • Fireworks misuse
  • Hoax calls
  • Hate crime, which includes bullying and abusive behaviour because of someone’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or a disability. 

Some of the anti-social behaviour described above is a criminal offence, such as criminal damage or drug dealing, and this can result in arrest and prosecution and should be reported to the police.

How do I report it?

If you need to report a crime or anti-social behaviour that requires an immediate response and is something that is happening at the time you are calling then you should contact Cheshire Police on 101

There are separate forms to report abandoned vehicles, noise, fly tipping.  To contact the council for other anti-social behaviour matters, please use this form.  To use this form you will need to tell us:

  • Where the antisocial behaviour is happening 
  • Details of the antisocial behaviour 
  • You can upload a relevant document or an image with your form

What is being done to tackle ASB?

Your local council, the police and other community safety partner agencies, such as the fire service and social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering from it.

Partnership Tactical Group meetings are held every six weeks, where a range of partners such as the police, council, fire service are brought together to discuss key anti-social behaviour issues affecting communities in Warrington and what will be done to tackle these. 

ASB Community Trigger

  • You can only request an ASB community trigger if you have reported the same problem three or more times in the past six months to the council, police or their landlord, and inappropriate action has been taken in line with the relevant agency's policies and procedures.

or

  • Other people have reported the same problem three or more times in the past six months to the council, police or their landlord, and inappropriate action has been taken in line with the relevant agency's policies and procedures.

This is a provision in the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 by which victims of anti-social behaviour or their representative can request a review of how their complaints have been dealt with.

The review is conducted by the local council, police, housing and health representatives who will decide if the request to activate the trigger meets the local criteria.  If the request qualifies the panel will review the complaints and determine if any further work can be done to resolve the problem.

 

If you live in a rented property and your issue is related to neighbour disputes, noise or issues with other tenants, in the first instance you should discuss and report the issues with your Landlord.