Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour can badly affect everyone’s quality of life and local communities.

Services in Salford will work with you to tackle the problem and reduce offending.

What is anti-social behaviour? 

People’s idea of anti-social behaviour (ASB) can vary but generally we are talking about:

  • Intimidation or threats of violence
  • Verbal or written abuse
  • Rowdy, aggressive or threatening behaviour or language
  • Repeated abusive language or behaviour

Repeated incidents of loud noise from a domestic property such as:

  • Persistent shouting or yelling
  • Persistent dog barking or failing to control an aggressive dog
  • Loud music or persistent alarms
  • Excessively loud or frequent parties
  • ASB as a result of misuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Acts of violence
  • Hate incidents
  • Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • Misuse of public spaces
  • Off road riding of motorbikes or mopeds
  • Dog fouling
  • Fly tipping and fly posting
  • Vandalism and graffiti

The following are not classed as anti-social behaviour:

  • Household noise such as children playing or babies crying
  • Children playing ball games with no associated ASB
  • Legally parked vehicles
  • People being unreasonable, staring or being unpleasant. However, if you feel you are being harassed, visit the Greater Manchester Victim Services' website.

What to do

If you are a social housing tenant please contact your landlord.

Landlord Telephone
For Housing 0300 123 5522
Salix Homes 0800 218 2000
Pendleton Together 0300 555 5567
Onward 0300 555 0600
Great Places 0845 250 4624

If you own your own home or rent privately contact Salford City Council.

You can report ASB online or by calling our contact centre on 0161 793 2500.

You can also report anti-social behaviour to Greater Manchester Police.

In a non-emergency call 101; in emergency call 999.

If you need help after an ASB incident or crime, contact Greater Manchester Victims’ Services, on 0161 200 1950 (9am to 7pm) or 08 08 16 89 111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

You don’t need to report an incident to the police to use this service which provides face-to-face support, 24-hour telephone support, advocacy, information and onward referrals. The service also helps parents support their children.

The action taken will depend on the nature of your report.

Salford City Council may be able to use a range of powers from informal actions such as mediation, referrals to support services and warnings through to legal enforcement through the courts.

  • Speak to the people who are causing you problems
    Send warning letters and carry out warning interviews
  • Use acceptable behaviour agreements signed by the perpetrator to say that they will not behave anti-socially in the future
  • Offer independent mediation if you are involved in a dispute with your neighbour
  • Work in partnership with other agencies, such as youth services or environmental services to help resolve your report
  • In more serious cases, take legal action including civil injunctions, criminal behaviour orders, community protection notices and public spaces protection orders

We can't do it without you

To investigate your complaint effectively and take action we need you to help us by:

  • Making a detailed diary of events when asked to do so
  • Being available to meet or talk with us on a regular basis
  • Working with us to resolve your problem

Occasional incidents of loud noise and normal living noise

Noise can be investigated by the council.  

Music or noise from a machine

If the noise is from a machine such as from a music player or domestic appliance noise is investigated as a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990

You can report this type of noise nuisance here.

Noise from a person

If the noise is from a person, such as banging and shouting it will be investigated by the anti-social behaviour team.

Types of noise

Residents need to be aware that not all noise would be classed as a nuisance or anti-social behaviour for the purposes of taking enforcement action. One off parties or every day living noise such as people closing doors or going up and down stairs would not be considered to be anti-social behaviour. In these instances we would recommend talking to your neighbour to reach an amicable agreement or if it is not persistent being more tolerant yourself.

When considering whether you are going to report a noise as anti-social behaviour you need to think about the persistence duration, levels and the times of the day that this is occurring.

If you believe it would constitute a nuisance we would recommend recording incidents for a two week period and then reporting the anti-social behaviour online here.

Legally parked vehicles

What the law says

As long as your vehicle is taxed and you are not contravening any other traffic laws, you are allowed to park anywhere on a public highway where it is legal to do so.

Parking outside your own house

Etiquette, good manners and common sense are the main ingredients in avoiding parking disputes with your neighbours. Most people would choose to park outside their own home anyway because of the convenience, but this is not always possible.

No automatic right to park outside your home

Basically, it’s an unwritten ‘rule’ that people will generally tend to park outside their own home but it’s important to note that no one has an automatic right to do so. It’s not always possible and, in addition to residents, other road users also have the right to park outside your home providing they are not contravening the Highway Code.

How to resolve this issue

To resolve this issue, the only thing you can do is to try to have a friendly word with your neighbour and explain to them why you’d prefer to park in front of your own house. You may find that they didn’t realise it bothered you and often simple courtesy and communicating your issue with your neighbour will resolve the problem.

Children playing ball games

Ball games are a lot of fun for the young people playing them, but can become a source of disturbance for others and so can cause a lot of friction in neighbourhoods that would otherwise be very peaceful.

The playing of ball games is not against the law and 'No ball games' signs are not enforceable. However, ball games deliberately and persistently played recklessly and leading to property damage can be classed as anti-social behaviour, something that we take very seriously. 

We take a neutral, balanced view on the issue of ball games and expect residents to take responsibility within their own neighbourhood and work together to reach a compromise. 

Tips for keeping the peace

Footballers, sports people and parents please remember:

  • Respect other residents right to a peaceful and safe environment.  Not everyone will enjoy your game as much as you.
  • Big lads and lasses, if you're having a match head to the park.
  • Use a soft ball to prevent damage to your neighbours fences, gardens and cars. Ask before retrieving play equipment.
  • Where possible play outside your house not anybody else's.
  • Keep the noise and the ball down and do not let your game become anti-social.
  • Don't use foul or abusive language.
  • Don’t kick the ball against neighbours walls or fences.
  • Beware of your own safety and the safety of other road users.
  • Small grassed areas outside homes may only be suitable for younger children.
  • Respect the 'no ball games' and 'considerate use' signs.
  • Parents, check where your children are playing and make sure other residents are not disturbed.
  • Compromise, talk and agree with your neighbours on a time and a place for your games.

Residents, spectators and passers-by please remember:

Playing ball games is not anti-social behaviour.

  • Respect people's right to play in their own neighbourhood.
  • Remember parents/guardians may wish their young children to play nearby.
  • Expect, within reason, the noise of the children/youths playing after school, at weekends and in the evening.
  • 'No ball games' signs are a request not a bylaw.
  • It is not illegal to play football on a grassed verge or open space.
  • There may be only one grassed area for children to play safely in their own neighbourhood.
  • Sometimes it is better for young people to divert their energies into playing sport rather than doing other things.
  • Compromise, create a dialogue, speak to your neighbours to find an agreeable time and location to play.
  • Open spaces are for the use of everyone.

CCTV on private properties

Residents of Salford sometimes complain that a neighbour’s CCTV camera is 'intrusive' and consider this to be anti-social behaviour.

The use of CCTV in general is regulated by the Data Protection Act 1998 which is enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO website contains further advice on domestic use of CCTV.

Photographs or moving images of individuals qualify as 'personal data' for the purposes of the legislation. Although there is an exemption that covers 'personal data processed by an individual', this so-called 'domestic purposes' exemption only applies if the camera’s field of view is restricted to the householder’s own property. In earlier years, it was assumed that the exemption applied even if the camera overlooked the street or other areas near the house. However, following a European Court of Justice ruling in 2014 this assumption no longer holds.

If a householder cannot rely on the domestic purposes exemption, then they are subject to a number of requirements in the Data Protection Act. This includes a need to notify the ICO that they are a 'data controller', observe the eight data protection principles and pay an annual fee. Details of the obligations resulting and of how to notify are published on the ICO website.

If you have already done this and still need assistance you can make a report to us.

Report anti-social behaviour online to the council

You can also report anti-social behaviour to Greater Manchester Police:

  • In a non-emergency call 101
  • If you have an emergency call 999

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This page was last updated on 21 July 2020

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