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New Anti-social Behaviour Powers Come Into Force
The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 comes into force today (Monday) giving new powers to the police, local authorities, the NHS and social landlords to deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively requiring positive action from offenders to help modify their behaviour.
The main focus is the new community trigger and community remedy provisions which will empower victims and communities giving them a greater say in how agencies respond to complaints of anti-social behaviour. The threshold for the new community trigger is either an individual who has reported three separate incidents within a six month period or where five separate households have separately reported the same incident.
The legislation also introduces Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) which will replace the previous Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBO) for individuals who are also involved in criminal activity.
Dog owners who fail to control their pets leading to threats to members of the public or damage to property will face fines of up to £2500 or have their animals taken away a move that has been welcomed by animal welfare minister Lord De Mauley who told The Guardian; “Police and local authorities will now have more powers to demand that irresponsible dog owners take steps to prevent attacks before they occur. This is on top of the tougher prison sentences we introduced earlier this year for owners who allow their dogs to attack people and assistance dogs.”
Police officers and community support officers have been given powers of dispersal including requiring persons to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours while Local Authorities can now impose Public Spaces Protection Orders in areas where activities have a detrimental effect on quality of life.
RIAMS subscribers can access documents and procedures relating to the new powers here.