Views sought on review of legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

The Department of Justice has launched a public consultation inviting opinion on a number of proposals aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour.

Working in partnership with the Police Service of Northern Ireland reforms under consideration include; measures to address persistent offending; a facility to place restriction on public places; powers to provide police or local council to close premises that have been a source of public disorder; and noise nuisance powers to allow the seizure of items linked to annoyance.



Permanent Secretary for the Department of Justice, Nick Perry said, “We strive to have a community where we respect the law and each other.

“Those involved in anti-social behaviour not only demonstrate a lack of respect for others, their selfish actions are often linked to on-street drinking and in some cases drug activity.

“While our efforts remain strongly focused on early intervention and diversion, it is also important to ensure that the legislative framework remains appropriate.



“I would encourage everyone to take the opportunity to contribute to the consultation and I would particularly encourage people who have been affected by anti-social behaviour to share their views on the proposals,” he added.

The term ‘Anti-social behaviour’ is used to describe a broad range of nuisance and inconsiderate behaviours that can blight the quality of life of an individual, family, local group or a community.

The consultation will remain open until Tuesday 12 June.



Details can be found at:

Printed copies can be obtained by phone on 028 9052 3788 or by writing to:

Community Safety Division
Department of Justice
Room A4.03
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate



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