New law to tackle ASB

Police tape.
Police tape.

Bulwell police have welcomed a new law which helps local authorities tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Councils in Nottingham have played a major role in developing the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into effect last week.

The revised powers streamline the current 19 powers into six, and give people the option of triggering case reviews if they feel the authorities are not taking them seriously.

Inspector Christine Busuttil, of Bulwell police station, said: “Working with our partners, like the council, we will utilise the new powers as necessary in an attempt to resolve reported problems.”

Richard Antcliff, chief ASB officer and head of neighbourhood enforcement and operational support at Nottingham Community Protection service in Nottingham, has worked closely with the Home Office to shape the legislation prior to the white paper being produced.

Home Office representatives have visited Nottingham and spent time with enforcement officers to look at practical solutions and implementation throughout the two year consultation period.

Mr Antcliff said: “The new legislation will allow authorities to deal with ASB faster than ever before, making things simpler for citizens. I’m really proud that Nottingham has been so closely involved in shaping the new powers. The success we have had in effectively tackling anti-social behaviour in Nottingham meant we have been able to give the Home Office real practical and logistical insight that has been key to the process.”

The new legislation will see the introduction of Criminal Behaviour Orders, Community Protection Notices, Public Space Protection Orders, Closure Powers and Police Dispersal Powers.

It also includes the new Community Trigger, giving ASB victims the opportunity to request a multi-agency case review where their report meets a set threshold.

Superintendent Richard Fretwell, Nottinghamshire Police lead on antisocial behaviour, said: “Antisocial behaviour can make people’s lives a misery.

“These changes streamline and simplify how we deal with antisocial behaviour and help us work with partner agencies so there is a more joined up response for victims. The new powers provide a more effective way of dealing with ASB issues. Working closely with partners we will be able to tackle the issues that affect our communities, such as noise problems or neighbourly disputes.”

A ‘community remedy’ will also be introduced, offering victims the chance to work with the police to decide how offenders should be punished out of court.