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Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBI) are civil injunctions and do not give the individual a criminal record. ASBIs have been introduced as one of the replacements for the ASBO; it can tackle a diverse range of anti-social behaviour problems.

Not only can it prohibit behaviour, it can require the individual to take positive action in dealing with the underlying cause of said behaviour. If positive action is required, the authority must feel this is necessary and appoint an individual/organisation to ensure compliance with this.

An injunction can be given to anyone aged 10 years or above if two conditions are met. Firstly, the court must be satisfied that the individual has engaged/threatens to engage in anti-social behaviour. Secondly, it must be considered convenient and just in order to prevent the behaviour.

Breaching an ASBI is punishable as contempt of court, and for an adult, can lead to imprisonment and/or a fine. For those under 18 years the penalty could either be a supervision order or a detention order being made.

For further information or if you wish to apply for an ASBI you will need to contact your local policing team. You can do this via the non-emergency 101 number or alternatively by visiting your local force's website.

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