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Intimidating behaviour
Certain behaviour can cause intimidation to some residents

Introduction

People gathering together in public is not an offence. However, if drink or drugs are involved this can sometimes lead to disruptive noise and this can then escalate into aggressive, violent or lewd behaviour, such as intimidation or verbal abuse of passers-by, fighting or urinating in public. All of which are offences.

If people are drinking or taking drugs they may leave litter behind, including hazardous materials such as needles, syringes, swabs, wraps and gas canisters. This is a particular concern as it can pose a health risk to other members of the public, pets and wildlife.

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If you know the people involved, or they seem approachable, our first advice would be to talk to them peacefully. After all, they may not be aware they’re causing a problem. If they are trespassing on your property you have the right to ask them to leave.

However, do not take the law into your own hands by intervening, such as making physical threats or attempting to confiscate items. You may make the situation worse and even risk committing an offence yourself.

If talking hasn’t worked, or you would prefer not to talk to those involved, there are a number of ways to get help and support.

You can report it to the Cornwall Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 0300 1234 232 or by using the online reporting system available

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