Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Produced in partnership with Hardwicke Chambers
Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with Hardwicke Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014)
  • Overview
  • Part 1 Civil Injunctions
  • Part 2 Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014)

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) has reformed the tools available for dealing with anti-social behaviour (ASB). The aim was to consolidate remedies and to make the process simpler and more effective. In July 2014 the government issued new statutory guidance 'Reform of anti-social behaviour powers: statutory guidance for frontline professionals’ July 2014. This guidance was updated in August 2019.

The web of powers available to police and local authorities and other agencies to tackle ASB is streamlined to six key remedies:

  1. civil injunctions. See below: Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014—Part 1 Civil Injunctions

  2. criminal behaviour orders. See below: Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014—Part 2 Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

  3. dispersal powers. See Q&A: What powers of dispersal are available to the police and/or a local authority under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ? How are they imposed and what matters are taken into consideration?

  4. community protection notices. See Practice Note: Anti-social behaviour—environmental breaches—Public Spaces Protection Order (ABCPA 2014, Part 4)

  5. public spaces protection orders. See Practice Note: Anti-social behaviour—environmental breaches—Public Spaces Protection Order (ABCPA 2014, Part 4)

  6. closure powers. See Practice Note: Anti-social behaviour—powers to close premises under the Anti-Social Behaviour,