New powers to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Nottinghamshire

Police-officers-007New powers that will enable local authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour faster and more effectively have come into force across Nottinghamshire.

Police chiefs say the changes mean officers can now tackle anti-social behaviour, such as neighbourly disputes and noise pollution, faster than ever before.

The changes now mean there is now six powers at the authorities’ disposal rather than the previous 19, therefore streamlining the process officers have to go through when dealing with this type of behaviour.

Richard Antcliff, Chief ASB Officer and Head of Neighbourhood Enforcement and Operational Support at Nottingham Community Protection service in Nottingham, said:

“The new legislation will allow authorities to deal with anti-social behaviour faster than ever before, making things simpler for citizens.”

Home Office representatives have visited Nottingham and spent time with Enforcement Officers to look at practical solutions and implementation throughout the two year consultation period.

Mr Antcliffe worked closely with these representatives to shape the legislation prior to the laws being introduced.

He added:

“I’m really proud that Nottingham has been so closely involved in shaping the new powers.

“The success we have had in effectively tackling anti-social behaviour in Nottingham meant we have been able to give the Home Office real practical and logistical insight that has been key to the process.”

One of the six powers that have come into force are ‘Police Dispersal Powers’ which enable officers to order a person whose behaviour has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to move on from an area.

As well as this, the new legislation will see the introduction of Criminal Behaviour Orders, Community Protection Notices, Public Space Protection Orders and Closure Powers.

Also commenting on the introduction of new powers, Superintendent Richard Fretwell, Nottinghamshire Police lead on antisocial behaviour, said:

“Anti-social behaviour can make people’s lives a misery.

“The new powers provide a more effective way of dealing with anti-social behaviour issues. Working closely with partners we will be able to tackle the issues that affect our communities, such as noise problems or neighbourly disputes.”

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