Anti social behaviour
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO)
Is a civil order introduced under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to protect the public from anti social behaviour. Legally defined as acting in a manner causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household. Anti social behaviour can include such things as abusive language, drunken behaviour in the streets, vandalism and joyriding.
An ASBO can be made against anyone 10 years or older, who has acted in an anti social manner and where an order is need to protect a person or persons from further anti social acts. It contains conditions prohibiting the offender from specified anti social acts and many also contain other prohibitions such as not entering defined areas. It remains in effect for a minimum of two years.
Breach of an ASBO is a criminal offence which is arrestable and maximum penalty could be five years in prison or £5,000 fine or both. Possession proceedings on tenancy are entirely separate from ASBOs although they may in some cases be pursued at the same time.
Everyone should have a right to live in peace and feel safe in their own home. When neighbours don't get on it can cause immense anxiety and in some cases fear. Sometimes we need to try and work with others, be tolerant of others and do our very best to live in harmony with others. Where any ill feeling or dispute arises it is best to try and deal with this at the time rather than allow bad feeling to fester. If a dispute does arise:
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