Anti-social behaviour

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is any activity that impacts on other people in a negative way. Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • nuisance neighbours
  • rowdy and nuisance behaviour
  • intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • fly tipping and abandoning cars
  • anti social drinking
  • signs of using drugs or dealing drugs
  • threats, intimidation and violence towards residents and passers-by
  • the misuse of fireworks
  • racial and any other acts of harassment.

If you are worried about reporting racism to the police, please visit our section on hate crime

Anti social behaviour in the Countryside

  • dumped vehicles (abandoned)
  • hare coursing
  • lamping (illegal game hunting) 

Environmental anti-social behaviour

If you are experiencing anti social behaviour through:

  • fly posting/tipping, graffiti or
  • neighbour noise nuisance

You would need to contact environmental health as follows:

You would need to provide the following information where you can:

  • date, time and location
  • name of person/company
  • vehicle registration
  • type and quantity of waste

    Tackling crime and disorder

    Together with our licensing team and the police, we work with licensees in the district to help prevent and tackle alcohol related crime and disorder in our town centres.

    South and Vale Nightsafe work with a number of partners to make the Vale of White Horse a safer and more enjoyable place to go out at night.

    A Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) is a tool that local authorities can use to help deal with the problems of alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places.

    This order is not a total ban on drinking alcohol in public places. It just makes it an offence to carry on drinking alcohol when asked to stop by a constable or authorised officer. This allows them to deal with people who are behaving antisocially as a result of drinking alcohol.

    If somebody fails to comply with an officer's request to stop drinking and surrender alcohol without reasonable excuse, penalties include:

    • A penalty notice for disorder of £50
    • Arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine (max £500)
    • Bail conditions can stop the individual from drinking in public

    In the Vale of White Horse, the council has approved a DPPO in Abingdon town centre.

    For more information about DPPOs, please download our leaflet from the right of this page (designed for Abingdon) or visit http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/.


    By October 2017 all DPPOs will need to be replaced by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). This is a legal requirement as set out in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and is the responsibility of the district council to action.

    The new Public Spaces Protection Order is similar to a DPPO. However, in addition to alcohol related anti-social behaviour, it can also include a wider range of offences to help address other local anti-social behaviour issues that are persistent and having a significant, detrimental impact on the community.

    We are keeping the same DPPO restriction on the new PSPO but with the addition of a restriction regarding vehicles being used for anti-social noise.

    This follows concern over incidents in the town’s car parks where the revving of engines, loud bass stereos and screeching tyres have created a disturbance for people living nearby, and caused some residents to feel intimidated.

    Members of the public are able to comment on the proposal to create a PSPO in Abingdon by completing an online survey. The consultation closes on Monday 6 February 2017.

Last reviewed: 09 - 01 - 2017

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