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Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003

This Act of Parliament was introduced in 2003 to make provision for anti-social behaviour.  The phrase mostly linked to this in the mainstream media is 'ASBO's'.

The key provisions of this legislation are a widening of the scope for local authorities , the police and registered social landlords to apply for an anti social behaviour order. It also provides for dispersal orders whereby any grouyp of 2 or more people can be orders to dsiperse in which their presnce is likely to cause anxiety or distress to others or fear of harm.  Failure to disperse would result in a criminal offence. 

The main provisions relevant to landlords, however, are in relation to the power the police have to shutter premises which have been used to supply Class-A drugs.  Such closure may be for up to six months.

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