Anti-social behaviour

Witnesses in anti-social behaviour cases

If you are a witness

  • If we need you to fill in incident diary sheets, we'll explain why. We'll tell you how to fill them in, and how often we will contact you to collect them
  • We'll try to make audio or video recording available if it is easier for you
  • In cases of domestic noise nuisance, we will let you know how to contact the out of hours noise monitoring service
  • We will involve you in how your case is managed and how the information and evidence you give us is used
  • We will let you know when information you have provided may need to be shared and why
  • We will always consult with you before we share your evidence
  • We will put you in contact with a witness support group where possible
  • Where the court will allow, we will use professional evidence or anonymised statements in addition to hearsay evidence
  • When we communicate with alleged perpetrators, we will warn them about witness intimidation
  • We will talk to the police about using reassurance measures and increased patrols in your neighbourhood or community in accordance with the Policing Pledge
  • If a case does go to court, we will give you advice on what to expect, and who will be there
  • If you want to, we will show you the court and introduce you to the staff on a day before the case is heard
  • We will let the court know if you have any special medical or disability needs
  • We will provide transport and go with you to court, and ensure you feel safe and comfortable while at court
  • We will arrange for you to bring someone with you to support you
  • We will arrange for you to meet our legal advisers before and at court so that you can get to know them
  • In the unlikely event it is necessary we will use witness intimidation legislation to protect you
  • Where available and appropriate, we will apply to the court to use special measures for witnesses during court proceedings
  • We will let you know what happens at court and what it will mean for you as soon as we possibly can
  • We will continue to keep you informed, ask about your needs and assess your situation until the matter is completely resolved and we agree with you that the case can be closed
  • When we agree with you it is the right time to close your case, we will arrange for a satisfaction survey that will help us to keep improving the services we provide

Safer Lancashire

We work to tackle anti social behaviour across Lancashire, as part of the Safer Lancashire partnership

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