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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) can be distressing and frightening and covers a variety of activity which can cause harm to an individual and have an impact on their surroundings. ASB is defined as any behaviour which causes 'alarm, harassment or distress to one or more persons not of the same household' (Crime and Disorder Act 1998) Anti-Social Behaviour can also include concerns of public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

Examples of Anti-social behaviour include:

  • noise nuisance
  • neighbour disputes
  • threatening behaviour
  • verbal abuse
  • intimidation and harassment
  • environmental damage
  • begging and vagrancy
  • vandalism and graffiti.

Report Anti-Social Behaviour

To report Anti-Social Behaviour to us please email  or call us on 01772 625625. . This will be then allocated to an officer who will contact you to discuss your concerns and how we investigate ASB.

When reporting antisocial behaviour, you will need to explain:

  • what has happened
  • who or what is causing the behaviour
  • when it happened
  • how often is it happening
  • are any other services involved such as the Police or Registered Social Landlord.

In an emergency, you should report anti-social behaviour to Lancashire Police by telephone on 101 or 999.

Report anti-social behaviour

You can also report by:

  • Calling 01772 625 625.
  • Lancashire Police online by telephone on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
  • The landlord of the property if it is a housing association or a private letting.

Could you use Community Trigger in relation to anti-social behaviour?

From 2014, victims of anti-social behaviour can use a new initiative called the Community trigger to request a review of their case.

The purpose of Community Trigger is to enable members of the public to ask for a review of their anti-social behaviour case. This will allow all involved agencies to assess the way in which the complaints have been dealt with so far and what further actions can be put in place to resolve the issues.

Please see the Community trigger page for more information.

When to contact environmental health instead

If your anti-social behaviour relates to the following:

  • Noise - Such as regular loud music/parties

  • Dogs - Barking for long periods

  • Burning - Log burners, garden fires and smoke

Please report your complaint to the Environmental Health Team.


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