How we deal with anti-social behaviour

We have a number of tools that we can use to deal with anti-social behaviour.

Civil injunction

Used to stop someone carrying out certain activities or to deal with the causes of their behaviour. Breaking the injunction is an offence and can have an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

Closure notices and orders

Used to protect people by quickly closing premises that are causing a nuisance or whose customers are causing a nuisance nearby. Breaking the notice is an offence and can have an unlimited fine and up to three months in prison.

Criminal behaviour order

Used to stop someone that has been sentenced for a criminal offence or given a conditional discharge carrying out certain activities or to deal with the causes of their behaviour. Breaking the order is an offence and can have a fine of up to £5,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

Dispersal powers

Used to get someone that has or is likely to carry out anti-social behaviour to leave an area and not return for a certain amount of time (up to 48 hours). Not leaving when asked can have a fine of up to £2,500 and/or three months in prison.

Public space protection order

Used to deal with activities in an area that are having an effect on local people by setting rules on the use of that area, such as stopping people drinking alcohol in a public park, or keeping dogs on a lead around children's play areas. Breaking the order is a criminal offence and can have a fixed penalty notice of up to £100, or prosecution in a magistrate's court leading to a fine up to £1,000.

The community protection notice

Used to stop the activities of those aged 16 or over, businesses or organisations that are spoiling a community's quality of life. Ignoring the notice is a criminal offence and can have a fixed penalty notice of up to £100, or prosecution in a magistrate's court.