Reporting ASB and Crime

Please find links below to the correct forms to fill in if you need to report an incident or crime.

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. 

Enforcement Powers

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:

  • Littering (including fly-tipping)

    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. 

  • Not picking up after your dog

    In order to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Mid Sussex, owners are required to clean up their dogs' mess. This order applies to all District Council owned or managed recreational and other public land, car parks and all highway areas within a 40mph speed restriction. Find out more on our dog fouling page

  • Dog exclusions from certain areas (where they are forbidden)

    To prevent people or the dogs themselves being injured as a result of sharing activity space, dogs are excluded from all fenced children's play areas and fenced recreational areas such as tennis courts, bowling greens, and multi activity areas owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

  • Dogs on a lead when requested

    In order to stop a loose dog disrupting sporting or community events or disturbing local wildlife, dogs must be placed on a lead if requested to do so by a Council officer. This order applies to land on which formal sports and community events regularly take place, and all designated conservation sites and local nature reserves.

  • Maximum number of dogs

    The number of dogs one person can take onto Council nature reserves or selected large parks is restricted to six

  • Fixed Penalty Amounts

    If you pay a Fixed Penalty within ten (10) days, the amount will be reduced. If you fail to pay, the Council will take you to court, which could result in a fine.

    Offence

    Paid within 10 days

    Paid within 14 days

    Maximum penalty conviction

    Littering

    £50

    £75

    £ 1,000 or up to £50,000

    Not clearing litter away from the street

    £60

    £100

    £2,500

    Not being able to show the right papers for transporting waste

    £180

    £300

    £5,000 (or, on indictment, an unlimited fine)

    Not having the authority to transport waste

    £180

    £300

    £5,000

    Graffiti

    £50

    £75

    £2,500

    Fly Posting

    £50

    £75

    £2,500

    Not clearing away dog faeces

    £50

    £75

    £1,000

    Dogs in areas where forbidden

    £50

    £75

    £1,000

    Dogs not on a lead when requested

    £50

    £75

    £1,000

    Maximum number of dogs in designated areas

    £50

    £75

    £1,000

    Nuisance Parking

    £60

    £100

    £2,500

    Breach of Community Protection Notice

    £60

    £100

    £2,500 for an individual; or up to £20,000 for businesses.

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. 

Dog complaints

  • 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

Further Contacts

Park Rangers - 01444 477561 or rangers@midsussex.gov.uk
Street Services - 01444 477072 or dogcontrol@midsussex.gov.uk
Anti-social 
behaviour - 01444 477049 or antisocialbehaviour@midsussex.gov.uk