Since 2000 the illegal activities listed below have been grouped together and referred to as 'anti-social behaviour'. Anti-social behaviour has been defined as "the everyday nuisance, disorder and crime that has a huge impact on victims’ quality of life". The types of behaviour listed here affects our day-to-day environment, particularly in towns and cities.
Such anti-social behaviour is criminal, so offenders can be prosecuted, but during recent years both the UK and Scottish parliaments have legislated to provide a range of other measures designed to help tackle such behaviour more effectively, such as the anti-social behaviour order (“ASBO”) and fixed penalty notices (or 'on-the-spot' fines). These offer an alternative to criminal prosecution, a proportionate response to first-time or low-level incidents and a chance to intervene early and prevent behaviour from escalating.
Laws that deal with the environmental and anti-social behaviour offences that affect our communities include:
- Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
as amended in England/Wales by
- Part 5, chapter 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
as amended in Scotland by
- Section 55 of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004
- Section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971
- Sections 43 to 47 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, as amended by Part 4 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
- Sections 54 and 54A of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, as amended by section 32 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
- Part 4, chapter 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014