Anti-social behaviour


New powers aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) came into effect on Monday 20th October 2014, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  (Although part 1 relating to the new Civil injunction has been delayed it should be in force early 2015.  The Act introduces simpler and hopefully more effective powers to tackle ASB and should give better protection for victims.

The new Community Trigger and Community Remedy will enable victims and communities to have a greater say in how agencies respond to complaints of ASB and in the delivery of out of court sanctions for offenders.  It should see agencies working closely together.

The Community Trigger can be activiated by a member of the public a community or business including a third party.  Relevant agencies will have a duty to undertake case reviews when requested and where the case meets a locally defined threshold. For more info go to http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/5618/Community-Trigger

The Act introduces the new Community Remedy that allows victims of ASB to select an out of court sanction they would want handed to offenders along with new powers like Civil Injuctions and Criminal Behaviour Orders to deal with stubborn offenders.

The measures include preventative bans which may carry a prison sentence and brings in restrictions on future behaviour.  The Act will speed up the eviction process for tenants who persistently cause ASB and it introduces new powers to evict tenants if they or members of their household are convicted of ASB.  In addition there are simpler police powers to remove troublemakers from areas.  If you live in Wolverhampton you can report ASB by going to city.direct@wolverhampton.gov.uk or call the ASB reporting line on 01902 551188 or you can contact your housing provider directly.  Please note this is not an emergency response service - if you require a police response call 101 or, in an emergency 999.,

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