“The council are long in words and short in action. The Police promise to assist but don’t seem to follow things through to produce a satisfactory outcome to a complaint of anti social behaviour.” ‘Craig’ of Bristol
‘Craig’, a council tenant, has suffered a catalogue of anti-social behaviour:
- shouting and screaming
- bad language
- making false allegations including false allegations of racism
- loud noise from bouncing and banging and kicking footballs
- noise from cycling and racing along public walk ways causing a disturbance
- throwing objects down from an upper floor from a high rise block of flats.
- neighbours rowing, fighting, screaming and shouting on a regular basis at any time of the day or night.
- banging and hammering on the floor my ceiling several times of the day and night.
‘Craig’ writes: “I am constantly woken up with the noise. I feel distressed and anxious and very isolated. I feel afraid to talk to anyone for fear of being wrongly accused of saying something I didn’t say. I am depressed and feel helpless as the situation is unlikely to be resolved with the Police and Council’s current attitude and lack of action. It is a hopeless situation, which is rapidly deteriorating. I asked those concerned to stop, they have retaliated by making false allegations and false allegations of racism. The council are long in words and short in action. The Police promise to assist but don’t seem to follow things through to produce a satisfactory outcome to a complaint of anti social behaviour.”
Given his situation, Craig advises victims: “Do not approach the perpetrators as it leaves the complaint open for counter allegations of anti social behaviour in retaliation for asking the perpetrator to stop. Always keep a diary of what is going on to protect yourself. Log every incident with the Police and landlord under the reference numbers you are given. This is a laborious process but the complainant needs to provide and keep up to date with what is going on. So if the perpetrator makes a counter allegation against the complaint there is evidence available to protect the complainant from being wrongly accused of criminal or anti social behaviour.”[Source: online survey]