Anti-Social Behaviour including drugs and alcohol

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a term which covers a broad range of issues that cause nuisance or annoyance in the housing sector and harassment, alarm and distress more broadly and which adversely impacts upon individuals and the community. Tackling ASB is one of the biggest challenges we face in Tower Hamlets. Our borough is a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to live, work and visit and we want everyone to feel, be safe and enjoy everything that it has to offer.

Our commitment

Our aim is clear – to tackle ASB and reduce the harm that it causes and this is why reducing ASB is a priority for the council, the Police and for other members of the Tower Hamlets Community Safety Partnership. We have developed an Anti-social behaviour (ASB): Blueprint for Local Action in Tower Hamlets which helps to define what is and is not ASB, and highlights a clear and robust focus on enforcement making full use of the tools and powers available to all partners.  

The council and a wide range of its partners work together to tackle the range of behaviours which causes ASB but cannot solve the problems alone. We will do all we can to work with the whole community to help change negative behaviour and create a safer borough.

Reporting anti-social behaviour

It is important that you report anti-social behaviour live and as it is happening to the police 

  • Call 101: for ASB, including drug dealing (if drug dealing is happening outside of a school or playground, call 999)
  • Call 999: in an emergency, if there is a crime occuring, someone is injured, being threatened or threat to life 
  • Other reporting methods: refer to this simple reporting guide for further information on who to contact to report ASB and crime 

What do we deal with and who is responsible for responding?

This page will assist those reporting ASB to do so in the most effective way taking in to account a variety of behaviours that we consider as ASB in this borough. The council and its partners will be able to deal with reports in the following areas:

  • Drugs and alcohol abuse
    • Irresponsible drinking
    • Environmental (paraphernalia, drugs litter, needles etc)
  • Begging and street population
    • Visit the helping the homeless page for how best to get support to a person who is homeless) - rough sleeping alone is not considered ASB
    • Begging
    • Encampments
  • Sex working and prostitution
    • Soliciting/prostitution
    • Brothels
    • Kerb crawling
    • Sex working resulting in ASB (e.g. disposal of condoms, screaming, fighting etc)
  • Public urination and/or defecation
  • Neighbour dispute
  • Temporary Seasonal Issue - ASB Shadwell Basin

Tenant or Leaseholder of a registered provider of housing (Housing Association)?

We ask you if you have a landlord because we work closely with a variety of landlords in the borough and the information will help us manage your complaint more effectively from your initial report to us. If the matter you wish to report is not one that requires an immediate call to the police and concerns an issue where you live, please report this directly to your housing provider in the first instance. Main providers in the borough include:

Drug dealing

The dealing and supply of drugs is a serious criminal offence and needs to be reported to the police. You can either report this to the police via:

Please note that where appropriate the council works with police and other partners to deal with the range of ASB issues including behaviour related to the misuse of drugs. However the police are the lead in relation to drugs matters. There is an option for you to report this issue to the council, however It is important for you to note that when you submit your report, it will be referred directly to the Tower Hamlets Police who are responsible for responding to you.

Noise pollution

You can report incidents of noise on the noise pollution page.

Dumping of rubbish

While the dumping of rubbish can be classed as anti-social behaviour, the council has a team who deal with this. 

  • For dumped rubbish on estates or by neighbours, contact your housing provider
  • For dumped rubbish in the street, complete a report online


The council has a team that deals with this sort of vandalism on our graffiti page.

Hate crime

For issues relating to incidents or crimes where the victim has been targeted because of disability, race or ethnic identity, religion/belief, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, immigration status or nationality or any other perceived aspect of their identity, please visit our hate crime page.

After you submit a report

  1. You will receive an automatic message confirming that your report has been received.
  2. Within five working days (from you submitting the report) you will be contacted again with specific information about how your report will be managed.
  3. You will be notified that an officer from the council will be contacting you to progress the matter further. We will not pass your details to the persons causing the ASB, without your permission to do so. We will try and work with you to formulate an action plan to tackle the ASB.
  4. You may also be notified after an initial assessment of your report that it has been transferred to another more appropriate team at the council or another agency such as a housing provider or the police. You will be given as much information as possible about what you can expect if a report is transferred to another team or agency.
  5. Your report will also be used for statistical purposes to help us monitor and improve our service to you. 

Submit a report

If you now wish to submit your report of anti-social behaviour, please complete the anti-social behaviour form