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Powers to deal with Anti- Social Behaviour

The way in which an anti-social behaviour case is progressed will depend on the circumstances of each case. This will include consideration of evidence, risk, harm and vulnerability, the number and extent of reports, available resource and the agency who is best placed to respond. In Walsall the council works with its partners, including West Midlands Police and Registered Housing providers to deal with a wide range of matters, including anti-social behaviour. 

The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that aim provide better protection for victims and communities. It is intended to put the victim at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour and give professionals the flexibility they need to deal with any situation.

Tools and Powers detailed within the act include the following:

  • Civil Injunction
  • Criminal Behaviour Order
  • Dispersal Power
  • Community Protection Notice
  • Public Spaces Protection Order
  • Closure Power
The act also gives victims the power to ensure that action is taken to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour through the ASB Case Reviews or Community Trigger.
In addition to the formal powers outlined above a range of lower level and informal interventions can also be used as appropriate. These include:
  • Warning Letters
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
  • Multi Agency Visits
  • Mediation