Anti social behaviour

Anti social behaviour (ASB) is ‘behaviour which causes nuisance, harassment, alarm, or distress to one or more people in different households’.

The list is endless when it comes to the types of behaviour that may affect you. It could be graffiti, litter, verbal abuse, drug dealing or drinking alcohol in the street. 

Newark and Sherwood District Council, together with its partners, has an anti social behaviour team, dedicated to tackling all forms of ASB across the district.

How to report anti social behaviour

Contact the ASB team as soon as possible:

  • 01636 655 in confidence
  • Report the incident through our online form
  • Keep a diary of incidents as they happen. Write down dates and times and the exact sequence of events and exact words used.  If you would like a diary sheet please contact us.

If you live in a council property, or to report someone who lives in a council property contact the Tenancy Enforcement Team at Newark and Sherwood Homes: 

If you are a tenant living in a rented property, please make your landlord aware of the problem(s) you are experiencing first.

Some people are afraid to speak to the Police, because they fear being identified and targeted. You can speak to the ASB team, in confidence, about any issues of concern to you. However it may be necessary for us to share the information you provide us with our partners for your complaint to be dealt with more efficiently.

  • If a crime is in progress or life is in danger then please dial 999
  • To report non urgent ASB contact the Police on 101
  • To register your complaint with the ASB Team call 01636 655658, or use the online reporting form

Newark and Sherwood District Council is committed to tackling anti social behaviour.  This cannot be done alone so through the Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood Community Safety partnership we work with our partners, including Notts Fire and Rescue Service, Notts Police, registered social landlords, youth offending services and many more.   

Tackling anti social behaviour

There are different tools and powers the council and its partners can use to tackle anti social behaviour.

However, for us to be able to use these powers we need help from you to gather evidence about the anti social behaviour you are experiencing.

Report anti social behaviour

Some of the powers and methods available to us include:

  • Mediation - getting both parties together to work on a solution to avoid further conflict
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts -  usually aimed at those aged 10-18

The six month contracts are intended to get the young person to control his/her behaviour within the community and at school. The contract is drawn up between the district council, Nottinghamshire police, the young person and his/her parent or guardian.

It is not a legally binding contract - it is voluntary - but it is designed to make the young person thing about his/her behaviour. If after six months the behaviour is acceptable, the contract will end. If the behaviour continues in an unacceptable manner, evidence will be gathered to look at applying for an Anti Social Behaviour Order.

  • Criminal Behaviour Orders - in extreme cases we can seek a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) against anyone. The Order is granted by the Magistrates or County Courts to prohibit someone from acting in a manner that is likely to, or is, causing nuisance, alarm or distress. Courts may impose a prison sentence or a fine when seeking a CBO
  • Referrals to Fire Setters, Bendigo, Boot Camp, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Referrals to the Youth Offending Services, for prevention work
  • Restorative justice 

  • 01636 650000

    Mon to Thurs 8.30am to 5.15pm
    Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm

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  • Get in touch:

    Newark and Sherwood District Council
    Kelham Hall
    NG23 5QX

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