Nottingham helps shape new legislation

Nottingham plays key role in developing new Anti-Social Behaviour laws

From today (Monday 20 October), anti-social behaviour (ASB) laws will change across the country, and Nottingham has played a major role in developing the new legislation.

The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Crime & Policing Act 2014 will see 19 existing powers streamlined into just six, meaning local authorities will be able to deal with ASB faster and more effectively. The act aims to give victims and communities more power to respond to ASB.

Richard Antcliff, Chief ASB Officer and Head of Neighbourhood Enforcement and Operational Support at Nottingham Community Protection service in Nottingham, has worked closely with the Home Office to shape the legislation prior to the white paper being produced. 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.

The new legislation sees the introduction of Criminal Behaviour Orders, Community Protection Notices, Public Space Protection Orders, Closure Powers and Police Dispersal Powers. It also includes the new Community Trigger, giving ASB victims the opportunity to request a multi-agency case review where their report meets a set threshold.

Antcliff said: “The new legislation will allow authorities to deal with ASB faster than ever before, making things simpler for citizens. 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.”

For more information please contact:

Claire Hewitt
Nottingham Crime & Drug Partnership
0115 876 5793
Claire.hewitt@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Or

Katy Follows
Nottingham Crime & Drug Partnership
0115 876 5710
Katy.follows@nottinghamcity.gov.uk