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Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)

 

The Basics

  • ASBOs were introduced by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • ASBOs are civil orders which exist to protect the public from anti-social behaviour. They are not designed as a punishment for the offender.
  • ASBOs are community-based orders and involve local people in the collection of evidence and in helping to enforce breaches.
 

Anti-social behaviour is classed as:

"Behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people not in the same household as the perpetrator."

  • Orders can be made against anyone over the age of 10 years.
  • Orders are effective for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Orders contain conditions prohibiting the offender from specific anti-social acts or entering defined areas.
  • Breach of an order is a criminal offence. Maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment for an adult or a 2 year Detention and Training Order for juveniles, 12 months of which is custodial.
  • Community based orders - local people will be informed.
 

If an order is made against you this is what it may mean

  • You will be banned from committing any anti-social or criminal acts.
  • You may be banned from associating with certain friends/acquaintances.
  • You may be banned from entering defined areas in the community.
  • You may be banned from entering certain buildings, shopping areas, etc.
  • You may be banned from leaving your home after a certain time in the evening.
  • You may be banned from travelling in any vehicle other than those authorised by Tameside MBC or the police.


A breach of any of the conditions in your order is a criminal offence and you may face imprisonment.


Anti-social behaviour that can be tackled by ASBOs and ABCs  and can include:

  • Harrassment of residents or passers by
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Criminal damage
  • Vandalism
  • Noise nuisance
  • Writing graffiti
  • Engaging in threatening behaviour in large groups
  • Racial Abuse
  • Smoking or Drinking alcohol while under age
  • Substance misuse
  • Joyriding
  • Begging
  • Prostitution
  • Kerb-crawling
  • Throwing missiles
  • Assault
  • Vehicle crime
  • Criminal acts ie. theft, burglary
 

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)

A voluntary written contract made between people involved in anti-social behaviour and the local police, local council or the registered social landlord whereby the perpetrator agrees not to do certain things i.e. writing graffiti, verbal abuse, racial abuse.

Continuation of unacceptable behaviour may lead to the application for an ASBO and/or criminal proceedings.

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