How do Cheshire Police deal with Anti-Social Behaviour?

There are a number of ways in which Cheshire Police and partner agencies can deal with anti-social behaviour. One way is by applying for a Civil Injunction (which recently replaced the ASBO), another is by issuing a Criminal Behaviour Order and the other is by progressing an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC)

What is a Civil Injunction?

These are court orders which the police or other authorities can apply for, which set down a stringent set of rules the person has to adhere to.

They are designed to protect specific victims or communities from behaviour which has damaged their quality of life.

A Civil Injunction can prohibit a person from:

  • Visiting certain areas
  • Spending time with a particular group of people
  • Threatening, intimidating or disruptive actions.

Civil Injunctions are not criminal penalties they are civil orders which means they won’t appear on a suspect’s criminal record.

In order to start Civil Injunction proceedings, the police and partner agencies need to know about the issue. If you are being harassed or if your life is being affected by anti-social behaviour, contact your Local Policing Unit or Local Authority Community Safety Team and ask for help.

What is a Criminal Behaviour Order?

Criminal Behaviour Orders can be issued by any criminal court against a person who has been convicted of an offence and are designed to tackle the most persistently anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal activity.

The aim of a Criminal Behaviour Order is to protect the public from anti-social behaviour. They are designed to encourage local communities to become actively involved in reporting crime and anti-social behaviour, helping to build and protect the community. The difference between a Criminal Behaviour Order and a Civil Injunction is that a Criminal Behaviour Order is made on the back of criminal conviction.

The individual subject of the Criminal Behaviour Order will have a set of prohibitions unique to the case to prevent anti-social behaviour re-occurring and to protect the community from such acts. This could ban the individual from any of the following:

  • Committing any anti-social or criminal acts
  • Associating with certain friends/ acquaintances
  • Entering defined areas in the community
  • Entering certain buildings, shopping areas etc.
  • Leaving home after a certain time in the evening – curfew.

If a person breaches a Criminal Behaviour Order they have committed a criminal offence.

What is an ABC?

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) are designed to help people who have behaved in an anti-social way to recognise what they have done wrong and stop the offending behaviour.

They are a written agreement between the person and the police or another authority which lists the acts the offender agrees not to continue doing. They are mainly used for children but can be used for adults - and although they are not legally binding they can be used in court as evidence. We have found that they can be very effective.