What Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is and how to get help with ASB in your community.

Anti-Social Behaviour and Public Space Protection Orders

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What is Anti-Social Behaviour?

Anti-Social behaviour (sometimes called ASB) can be anything that causes a person or a group of people to feel seriously annoyed, alarmed, harassed, or distressed.

What is the Council's role in tackling ASB?

The Council is a member of the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership. This is a group of organisations including the police, fire service, other local authorities, probation service as well as other statutory and voluntary organisations that work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime.

The Council also hosts monthly meetings with partner agencies to talk about ASB issues affecting the various towns and parishes to see what powers we have to tackle these issues.

If you are concerned about the behaviour of individuals, we will work with the Police and others to gather evidence of the impact of the behaviour to decide what action, if any, can be taken.

If a person's life is in immediate danger phone 999 and report it to the Police.

  • You can report less urgent criminal behaviour by phoning 101
  • To report a crime anonymously, you can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

We might ask you to keep diary sheets of the behaviour that you find anti-social, so that we can gather enough evidence to take action. We may be able to take action against somebody while protecting your anonymity, but we would still need your help to gather evidence.

For more information about how we will investigate your complaint and what action we can take, please read our anti-social behaviour policy below:

Anti-Social Behaviour Policy

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to control behaviours which are having, or are likely to have, a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. PSPOs apply conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

Before an order is made, there needs to be some form of consultation with the public, the local police, and where necessary the landowner, about which an order is being made.

Copies of the orders, and maps of the areas they cover can be found below:

What happens if someone breaches a PSPO?

Anybody whose behaviour doesn't obey the details of this order, without a reasonable excuse, is committing an offence and is likely, if convicted, to receive a fine (not larger than Level 3 on the standard scale) or may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, up to £100.