POLICE and other agencies now have new options for tackling anti-social behaviour.

The Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides new tools for dealing with people who behave anti-socially.

Dispersal orders give police the authority to direct individuals away from an area for 48 hours and closure powers allow police, council and social landlords to shut down premises if necessary.

The overall number of police powers to deal with anti-social behaviour is being reduced from 19 to six in order to simplify the process and tackle incidents quickly.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "The new streamlined powers make it easier to deal with anti-social behaviour and helps us work with partner agencies to ensure that there is a joined up response for victims."

In addition to the new powers, a ‘community trigger’ gives members of the public the power to ask agencies, such as the police and councils, to review how they have responded to incidents.

A community trigger can be raised by contacting South Yorkshire Police on 101 or by visiting a public enquiry desk.