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Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour can have a devastating effect on peoples' lives. Incidents of anti-social behaviour can range from something that is a mild annoyance to something that causes real fear and insecurity. It could be a one-off event or something that happens over and over again.

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Examples include:

  • Nuisance neighbours.
  • Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces.
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting.
  • People dealing and buying drugs on the street.
  • People dumping rubbish and abandoned cars.
  • Anti-social drinking.
  • The misuse of fireworks.
  • Reckless driving of mini-motorbikes.



If you have reported 3 separate incidents of anti-social behaviour and you do not feel they have been dealt with - apply for a community trigger by clicking here.

Why is it important?

Anti-social behaviour ruins lives. It doesn't just make life unpleasant; it prevents the renewal of disadvantaged areas and creates an environment where more serious crime can take hold.

What we will do:

  • Provide regular updates to your community on what is being done to deal with anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood.
  • Take your reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and prioritise our response based upon an assessment of risk, taking into account repeat incidents and vulnerability, and tell you what we will do next.
  • Keep you informed of progress on actions at least monthly.
  • Provide you with a named contact to ensure you can remain in touch about any concerns you may have.
  • Work with victims of anti-social behaviour to identify and provide the support they need.
  • Maintain strong links between the local authority, neighbourhood policing teams and other local partners to ensure that anti-social behaviour is dealt with effectively.

For help and advice in relation to anti-social behaviour contact us or your local council.

Q: Can a person be arrested for just swearing in the street?

A: You could be arrested for swearing in the street. There are various offences which can be committed involving the use of threatening abusive words or behaviour.

The effect on others and the intention of the person swearing would be some of the factors to consider when deciding whether or not an offence had been committed.

Q: I am worried that my child is at risk from local gangs. Do you have any advice?

A: The Government has introduced a new helpline service for parents who are concerned about their children in relation to street gangs. The number is 0808 800 5000.

The Government has also produced a leaflet giving advice to parents regarding children and street gangs - click here to view.

Q: There are gangs of youths hanging around on street corners drinking what can be done about them?

A: If this is a one off incident then you should contact Staffordshire Police who, if possible, will attend and disperse the youths. Staffordshire Police do now have powers to confiscate alcohol from youths in a public place including open and sealed containers (subject to certain conditions).

If this is a persistent problem then it could be classed as anti-social behaviour and should be reported to the police on each occurrence. Staffordshire Police will then, over a period of time, collate necessary evidence against the youths with a view to eventually obtaining civil injunctions or Criminal Behaviour Orders. Unfortunately this will not happen overnight as the police and local council have to ensure that they have all the necessary evidence.