MP calls for concerted action against anti-social behaviour

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for concerted action against anti-social behaviour that can blight communities.


The Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice was speaking at a conference at Slaugham Manor for anti-social behaviour practitioners organised by Sussex Police last month (14 March).   

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Wilkinson opened the conference and attendees - including housing associations, borough and district councils and the police - met to discuss how they can best work together to identify victims of anti-social behaviour.   

Sussex Police has been chosen as one of eight forces to take part in a national anti-social behaviour pilot this year.  This will focus on the way its call-handling deals with reports of anti-social behaviour.   

The Government has announced that the pilots will be based on five key principles:   

  • creating an effective call handling system where each individual has a log of complaints created from the first call;
  • introducing risk assessment tools to quickly identify the most vulnerable victims;
  • installing off the shelf IT systems to share information on cases between agencies;
  • removing the need for meetings by agreeing a protocol across all local agencies setting out how they manage cases; and
  • engaging with the community to set out clearly the issues which are causing the most harm to individuals and neighbourhoods.           

As well as a discussion of these principles the conference heard about the impact anti-social behaviour has had on the lives of two victims.   

Chief Inspector Julia Pope said: "This is the first time across Sussex that anti-social behaviour practitioners have met to discuss working together across the agencies in supporting anti-social behaviour victims.   

"The victims praised Sussex Police for the way we supported them but we want to look at ways of how we can improve how the multi-agencies work together to help victims of anti-social behaviour."   

Nick Herbert commented: "Anti-social behaviour ruins lives, damages our communities and, at its worst, can have tragic consequences.   

"The call handling trials launched earlier this year will make a real difference to the way police forces and their partners protect repeat and vulnerable victims, and I am delighted that Sussex Police, my local force, is one of those participating."




Notes for Editors   

  1. For more      information about Sussex Police's recent activity, visit     
  2. For more      information on the Home Office's anti-social behaviour policy, visit
Alexander Black