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New police powers ‘would mean more injustices’

17/05/2024

Police are ‘completely unqualified’ to receive new powers to ban activities in public places, a campaign group has argued.

Council order to pay over £18k after severe maladministration findings

01/02/2024

Waltham Forest Council has been ordered to pay £18,800 in compensation after failings were discovered in three different housing cases.

‘Three strikes and you’re out’ social housing plans announced

30/01/2024

Social landlords could soon be empowered to evict anti-social tenants and ban them from applying for council housing under the Government’s new plans.

Street calls for PCC powers

02/11/2023

West Midlands mayor Andy Street has formally asked the Government to transfer police and crime commissioner (PCC) powers to the mayoralty.

Labour announces programme to tackle youth crime

10/10/2023

Labour would set up a ‘young futures’ programme to help tackle crises in youth crime and mental health, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has announced.

Labour to crackdown on anti-social behaviour

10/10/2023

Labour leader Keir Starmer will today promise local authorities stronger powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in town centres.

Councils failing to tackle antisocial behaviour

15/08/2023

Local authorities are failing to use the tools available to them to tackle antisocial behaviour, according to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Sandwell Council fails resident with depression

09/08/2023

Sandwell Council failed to consider a resident’s vulnerabilities during an anti-social behaviour case despite multiple reminders, Housing Ombudsman has found.

First joint Ombudsmen investigation criticises complaint handling

08/08/2023

Nottingham CC has been criticised for the way it dealt with antisocial behaviour in what was the first joint investigation by the two Ombudsmen’s services.

Councils issue record number of finds for 'busybody' offences

20/07/2023

Local authorities issued the highest ever number of penalties for anti-social behaviour – or for what have been branded 'busybody' offences – in 2022.

Maximum fine for fly-tippers more than doubles

10/07/2023

The maximum amount local authorities will be able to fine people who are caught littering, fly-tipping or graffitiing has increased.

Ombudsman highlights importance of proper complaints handling

09/06/2023

Ombudsman reminds local authorities about the importance of handling complaints properly after it found problems with two councils’ procedures.

Council chiefs in Northern Ireland warn of intimidation

17/05/2023

Council leaders in Northern Ireland have raised concerns about the abuse and intimidation of candidates in this year’s local council election campaign.

Council chiefs call for civility ahead of elections

24/04/2023

Council leaders have joined forces with the Jo Cox Foundation to call for civility towards candidates and officers running the local elections on 4 May.

Sunderland e-scooter service axed due to vandalism

19/04/2023

The e-scooter provider Zwings has announced it is pulling out of Sunderland due to repeated acts of vandalism.

Woman served 10-year anti-social behaviour injunction

24/03/2023

A woman who exploited vulnerable people has been served a 10-year anti-social behaviour injunction following an investigation by Milton Keynes City Council.

Anti-social behaviour should be top priority, says report

07/02/2023

Tackling anti-social behaviour must become a central tenet of levelling up if the agenda is to succeed, a think-tank has warned.

BCP Council proposes barbeque ban

25/01/2023

BCP Council has launched a consultation on proposals to prohibit barbeques in public spaces and other ‘negative behaviours’.

Rough sleepers ‘criminalised’ by PSPOs

03/10/2022

People experiencing homelessness are disproportionately criminalised in areas with Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), a new report reveals.

Expert panel launched to tackle anti-social behaviour from tenants

20/07/2022

A new advisory group has been launched by the Government to help social landlords deal with anti-social behaviour from tenants.

Campaigners call for abortion clinic buffer zone

29/06/2022

Campaigners have called on BCP Council to implement a buffer zone around an abortion clinic in Bournemouth to prevent harassment from protestors.

Just 2% of people understand anti-social behaviour rights

09/05/2022

Only one-in-fifty (2%) people fully understand their rights when it comes to anti-social behaviour, a new YouGov survey has revealed.

New trial to crack down on 'rowdy' motorists

03/05/2022

A new trial to help local authorities tackle loud engines and exhausts on Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Government.

Safeguarding communities from anti-social behaviour with multi-agency enforcement

05/04/2022

Dyl Kurpil explains how effective Public Spaces Protection Order enforcement can rapidly transform a community, rebuilding trust and reinvigorating local economies.

Liverpool e-scooter trial sees over 1,000 bans handed out

17/08/2021

Liverpool's e-scooter hire trial has seen more than 1,000 people handed seven-day bans for antisocial behaviour.

Councils levy over £1m fines for COVID offences

18/06/2021

Councils have issued over £1m in fines to businesses for COVID offences, an investigation has unveiled.

Tougher guidance on dealing with anti-social behaviour

01/02/2021

Local authorities have been given stronger guidance on tackling anti-social behaviour.

Councils spending thousands on 'littering epidemic' in parks

24/07/2020

Councils have been forced to spend an extra £33,000 on average dealing with litter and anti-social behaviour in parks since lockdown was eased, according to a new survey.

Council seeks temporary drinking ban in London Fields Park

03/07/2020

Hackney Council is taking legal action to temporarily ban drinking in London Fields Park after high levels of antisocial behaviour.

Housing tenant issued Britain’s first ‘coronavirus injunction’

30/03/2020

The first ‘coronavirus injunction’ has been issued to a tenant in Manchester for breaking rules on social distancing.

Scrap ‘busybody ASBOs’, campaigners say

21/06/2019

Campaigners are calling for Community Protection Notices (CPNs) to be scrapped or seriously modified, saying they have resulted in serious injustice.

The rise of anti-social behaviour: Can we stop it?

04/06/2019

Rebecca Bryant suggests collaboration, communication and transparency are key to tackling the rise in anti-social behaviour.

Councils accused of ‘letting down’ victims of anti-social behaviour

30/04/2019

Local authority leaders have defended their record of dealing with anti-social behaviour after a report argues that victims are being ‘let down’ by councils and the police

Councils issue nearly 10,000 fines for ‘anti-social’ behaviour

23/04/2019

Campaigners have called for Public Spaces Protection Orders to be scrapped as new figures reveal there were nearly 10,000 on-the-spot fines issued in 2018.

Council to fine anti-social drivers

08/03/2019

Bradford Council have decided to crack down on drivers who play loud music, rev their engines, or engage in other acts deemed to be anti-social.

Council bans anti-abortion protests near clinic

07/03/2019

Richmond has prohibited anti-abortion protests outside a pregnancy advisory clinic after a consultation revealed the majority of residents supported a ban.

Council secures UK’s first Japanese Knotweed prosecution

07/12/2018

A Bristol property owner has become the first person to be prosecuted for failing to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed.

People convicted of serious crimes banned from councils

19/10/2018

Rules to prevent people found guilty of serious crimes from serving on local councils will be strengthened following a public consultation, the Government has announced.

Council warns of ‘postcode lottery’ over abortion buffer zones

14/09/2018

The government’s decision not to introduce buffer zones outside abortion clinics has been criticised by Ealing Council.

Council first to fine people for soliciting prostitutes

06/08/2018

An East London council is set to be the first to issue on-the-spot fines for people using prostitutes.

Council consults public on ‘aggressive’ begging legislation

24/07/2018

Wakefield Council has launched a consultation on proposals to use anti-social behaviour legislation to tackle ‘aggressive’ begging.

Court upholds abortion clinic safe zone

03/07/2018

Ealing Council has welcomed what it described as a ‘landmark decision’ by the High Court to uphold its right to establish a safe zone around abortion clinic.

Councils criticised for banning anti-abortion protests

30/05/2018

Councils wanting to restrict protests outside abortion clinics have been challenged by a group of campaigners, including human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Windsor withdraw’s rough sleeping paper after royal wedding controversy

15/02/2018

Windsor and Maidenhead have decided to withdraw a paper detailing its plans to tackle rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour saying it needed ‘further work’.

District relaxes ban on 'anti-social cycling'

14/02/2018

Mansfield's District Council has relaxed its 24-hour ban on cycling in the town centre, which it said was introduced ‘to tackle anti-social cycling at busy times’.

Council to introduce PSPO to fight ‘verbal and racial abuse’

10/01/2018

Richmondshire council is set to introduce an order banning groups of youths congregating in Colburn after more than 200 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported.

Council considers using PSPO against anti-abortion protestors

09/01/2018

A council is considering creating a ‘safe zone’ around a women's health clinic in order to prevent intimidation and harassment from anti-abortion protestors.

Councils warned not to abuse anti-social behaviour powers

02/01/2018

The Government has published new guidance warning councils against abusing anti-social behaviour powers after charities claim Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are being used to target people unfairly.

Councils issuing more than 4,000 CPNs a year

11/12/2017

Councils in England and Wales issued 4,376 Community Protection Notices (CPNs) over the course of a year, according to research by the Manifesto Club.

One million people blighted by ‘dirty’ communities

16/10/2017

One million people in Scotland are living in ‘dirty’ communities due to budget cuts and a lack of civic pride, a new report has revealed.

Council to fine dog walkers carrying less than two bags

06/09/2017

A city council is cracking down on dog fouling by fining dog walkers who are not carrying two bags.

Nearly half of councils using powers to ban anti-social behaviour

31/07/2017

More than 100 councils have used new powers to curb a range of anti-social behaviour – from begging to swearing – in a 16-month time period, according to a new report.

Council defends ban on swearing against human rights abuse accusations

09/03/2017

Rochdale Borough Council has defended proposals to ban swearing in the town centre against accusations it is curbing the ‘rights and freedoms’ of its residents.

Cornish towns launch ‘ground breaking’ CCTV project

20/12/2016

Eight West Cornwall town councils are cooperating to launch a ‘ground breaking’ CCTV project to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Drunken revellers beware of secret pee-back paint!

06/12/2016

Chester Council has decided to crack-down on drunken urinators by covering walls with liquid-repellent paint which causes ‘splash-back’.

How street furniture can discourage antisocial behaviour

01/11/2016

Sara Smith explains why with a bit of clever engineering, street furniture can discourage anti-social behaviour.

Councils urged to limit use of Community Protection Notices

31/10/2016

Local authorities have been accused of making up their own laws and invading people’s privacy through the use of Community Protection Notices (CPNs), by the Manifesto Club.

Troubled Families programme had no 'significant impact'

18/10/2016

There is little evidence that the government’s flagship Troubled Families programme had any ‘significant or systematic impact’, new analysis has revealed.

Council wins power to ban anti-social car races

19/08/2016

Solihull Council has been granted the legal power to enforce a borough-wide ban on motor vehicle races and car cruises

Report criticising PSPOs ‘trivialises’ anti-social behaviour, LGA says

04/08/2016

Council leaders defend the use of anti-social behaviour legislation against accusations they are creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’.

Funding increase for councils to crack down on ‘cowboy’ landlords

22/01/2016

Councils will receive a £5m boost to help them tackle rogue landlords in their area, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis announced today.

Council confiscates nearly 60 tents from rough sleepers on council-owned land

22/12/2015

Exeter City Council has confiscated nearly 60 tents from rough sleepers over the past two years.

Council could fine dog walkers for failing to carry poo bags

02/12/2015

Dog owners could be fined £100 if they fail to take a poo bag out with them, under measures introduced by a Midlands council.

Councils could identify potential gang members at age seven

17/11/2015

The risk of children becoming involved in gang or youth violence can be identified from the age of seven, new research has revealed.

Council consults on late night levy

03/11/2015

A late night levy for businesses selling alcohol after 1am is being considered by Plymouth City Council.

Cuts could increase number of children in custody warn councils

05/10/2015

Youth Offending Team (YOT) funding cuts could increase the number of children in custody, council leaders warn.

Devolution deals should include power to tackle crime says Westminster

02/10/2015

Local government is entering the ‘most critical period’ in its history and must seize the opportunities offered by devolution, according to the leader of Westminster City Council.

Welsh county first with no-smoking beach

15/09/2015

Pembrokeshire could be the first county in Wales to have a smoke-free beach.

Oldham seizes van with new fly-tipping powers

09/09/2015

Oldham Council have used new powers to seize a vehicle suspected as being used for flytipping.

Man pleads guilty to assaulting council worker and beating dog

19/08/2015

A man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and assault, after he was caught on CCTV beating a dog in Chelmsford city centre.

Councils bans ‘tombstoning’ at Salford Quays

05/08/2015

People caught ‘tombstoning’ in Salford Quays could face fines of £90 under new measures unveiled by the council.

Lambeth bans use of laughing gas

29/07/2015

Lambeth has become the first London borough to ban laughing gas and other legal highs.

Report warns environmental health has reached ‘tipping point’

27/07/2015

Vital environmental health services have been pushed to a ‘tipping point’ and further cuts could lead to food poisoning outbreaks and a rise in antisocial behaviour.

Urban beauty is being restricted to the rich says think tank

23/07/2015

Green spaces and beautiful urban surroundings are the realms of the wealthy, a report by the independent think tank ResPublica reveals.

Video reveals 12-month cat-and-mouse game between council and graffiti artist

03/07/2015

A graffiti artist has filmed his year-long battle against council cleaning crews who scrubbed off his ‘experiment’ on an east London wall 11 times.

Council reviews ‘no ball games’ signs in childhood obesity push

01/07/2015

A London borough could scrap many of its ‘no ball games’ signs in a bid to combat childhood obesity and help youngsters play.

Mind your language! Council introduces swearing ban

24/06/2015

A local authority in Ireland has introduced a by-law banning the use of offensive language in public parks, playgrounds and open spaces.

Council considers fines for dog walkers without poop bags

13/04/2015

A council could become the first in the country to fine dog walkers who can’t prove they have the means to clean up after their pet.

Councils hit back after new public space laws branded ‘bizarre’

30/03/2015

Council leaders have refuted claims that public spaces are being hit by a ‘patchwork’ of ‘bizarre’ new criminal offences introduced by town halls.

Early intervention guide launched for frontline staff

08/03/2015

New guidance has been launched to help frontline staff identify families in need of early intervention.

Legal highs banned from city in UK first

25/02/2015

An East Midlands city has become the first in the UK to ban use of ‘legal highs’, under efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Higher police numbers 'crucial', warns London borough

21/01/2015

A London borough has warned there are 'not enough' local police to deal with the region's serious youth violence problem.

Government doubles troubled families specialists

19/01/2015

The number of specialists helping council’s troubled families teams are set to double this year, under £10m extra investment.

Council secures bike ban against burglar

07/01/2015

A burglar has been banned from riding a bicycle for two years after Oldham Council obtained a criminal behaviour order against him.

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