NEW powers to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) came into force this week, with some forces quick to make use of the changes.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014 has streamlined the number of powers to deal with anti-social behaviour from 19 to six, in order to allow the police and local authorities to respond effectively to ASB.
The new powers include civil injunctions, criminal behaviour orders, community protection notices, public space protection orders, closure powers and dispersal orders.
In Nottinghamshire, police in Mansfield Woodhouse have already used their new powers in an attempt to curb the anti-social behaviour of a 17-year-old-boy.
The teenager, who "has plagued the area with anti-social behaviour over the last nine months", was sent a letter telling him that he would be issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) if his behaviour continued.
A breach of the CPN means a person can be arrested, put through the courts and fined up to Â£2,500.