Anti-social behaviour


Anti-social behaviour means acting in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, alarm, harassment or distress to one or more people.

This includes:

  • members of your household
  • neighbours
  • any visitors to the estate  

South Tyneside Council is committed to taking positive and supportive action alongside its partners, to deal with all forms of:

  • anti-social behaviour (ASB)
  • harassment
  • hate crime

We recognise that anti-social behaviour can have a very disruptive impact on neighbourhoods and communities and does not just affect those who are directly involved in the situation.

Feeling safe and secure increases the sustainability of neighbourhoods and promotes community cohesion, health and wellbeing.

As part of our vision, we will strive to make sure that:

  • we build strong communities
  • our homes and communities are great places to live, where people feel safe and secure

The Council and its partners will respond to reports of anti-social behaviour within the Borough. 

The response will change depending on the tenure, tools and powers available under the legislation.

Private landlords and registered providers are responsible for the behaviour of their tenants. 

We will work in partnership with them to resolve issues affecting communities.

We will also work in partnership with other agencies (e.g. Police and Environmental Health), to agree:

  • who is the most appropriate lead agency
  • what actions will be taken forward by each agency

What anti-social behaviour includes

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • abusive and / or threatening behaviour
  • drugs / substance misuse / drug dealing
  • domestic abuse
  • vandalism and damage to properties
  • alcohol related incidents
  • physical violence
  • noise nuisance

View the Anti-Social Behaviour Policy.

Useful numbers and websites



Domestic violence