Littering is an offence and we like to keep Mid Sussex as clean as possible. Littering comes in many forms including: cigarette butts; chewing gum; leaving litter on the street; fly-tipping; or commercial retailer’s waste not being disposed of properly.
Reporting ASB and Crime
Please find links below to the correct forms to fill in if you need to report an incident or crime.
- Antisocial behaviour reporting form
- Hate crime reporting form
- Hypodermic syringes reporting form
- Noise form
- Flytipping form
- Abandoned vehicles
- Litter form
- Graffiti form
What do I do if I see someone who is committing an offence?
If you witness someone committing an offence, please contact our Anti-Social Behaviour Officer on 01444 477049. Please provide as much detail as possible including: location; description of the person; date; time; and the registration plate of the car, if one was involved. Please do not approach the person yourself.
Fixed Penalty Notices
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN/s) have been created under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 and the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Several officers will be authorised to issue a FPN on the spot.
If an officer witnesses an offence, they can approach the person, show their ID and explain their powers. The officer will explain the offence and can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice ticket. In any case, FPNs can also be sent in the post, as the person can be identified using the license plate of the vehicle.
Fixed Penalty Notices cover:
Community Protection Notices
Community Protection Notices (CPN/s) were created under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This allows Mid Sussex District Council to issue a warning letter asking for an anti-social behaviour to desist and if this behaviour is not stopped to issue a Community Protection Notice.
- A notice will be considered if the behaviour is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- Is persistent or continuing in nature; and
- Is unreasonable.
The decision whether behaviour is considered as any of the above will be taken on a case by case basis.
If the Community Protection Notice is breached, Mid Sussex District Council can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice or take court action.
Public Spaces Protection Order
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO/s) were created under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and can be used to stop a person or a group of people committing anti-social behaviour in a public place, for example in a park.
Anti-Social Behaviour Offences need to:
- have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature;
- is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and
- justifies the restrictions imposed.
Mid Sussex District Council will consider implementing an order on a case by case basis. If an individual breaches an implemented Public Spaces Protection Order they can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice or be taken to court.
The Public Spaces Protection Orders that Mid Sussex District Council have initially instigated are: Fouling of land by dogs; Dog exclusion; Dogs on lead when requested; Maximum number of dogs.
- Noisy Dogs - Contact Environmental Health on 01444 477292
- Stray and Lost dogs - Please see out Dogs webpage
- Dangerous dogs - Contact Police on their non-emergency number on 101
- Dog waste bins - Contact Refuse and Recycling on 01444 477440