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PCSP offers guidance to victims of anti-social behaviour

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Causeway Coast and Glens Policing & Community Safety Partnership has produced a leaflet offering advice and signposting for anyone affected by anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Working in partnership with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, PSNI and Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the PCSP leaflet explains what anti-social behaviour is and who to contact if you believe you are a victim of it.

The leaflets are available for collection at Council Offices in Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady as well as police station reception areas and also at Housing Executive district offices.

The term anti-social behaviour (ASB) is used to describe a wide range of inconsiderate and nuisance behaviour, such as excessive noise, graffiti, littering and disputes with neighbours.

PCSP Chair, Councillor James McCorkell explained, “Council is the contact for issues relating to noise nuisance, disputes over high hedges, litter and illegal dumping, graffiti, fly posting, dog fouling or nuisance, stray dogs or abandoned vehicles and our environmental services department regularly actions complaints in relation to these matters”.

PSNI Chief Inspector, Catherine Magee said, “While this type of behaviour may not, in itself, be a criminal offence, it can have an effect on the quality of life of individuals and communities.

“It is therefore important to report your concerns about any anti-social behaviour you are experiencing at an early stage, before a problem appears to be getting out of control.”

Housing Executive has a responsibility to investigate noisy or disruptive tenants, neglected dwellings, and the use of premises for illegal or business purposes and neighbourhood disputes.

Causeway Coast and Glens Housing Executive Area Manager, Brendan Doherty said, “Anyone can report anti-social behaviour where it involves or affects a Housing Executive property or its tenants.

“Complaints will be fully investigated and the Housing Executive will attempt to resolve the problem promptly. Where appropriate, verbal or written warnings can be issued and, in the most serious cases, the Housing Executive can initiate legal action for possession of the property”.

Commenting on the PCSP initiative, PCSP Chair, Councillor James McCorkell continued, “Anti-Social behaviour remains a priority for Causeway Coast and Glens PCSP and this leaflet aims to provide practical assistance to those whose lives are blighted by it”.

If you wish to report anti-social behaviour, you can contact the PSNI non-emergency number on 101, or use the Crimestoppers number to report anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Housing Executive issues can be discussed with Northern Ireland Housing Executive on 0344 8920 900 and issues anti-social behaviour relating to Council can be reported to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council on 028 7034 7034.

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