Consequences of Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour, including setting fires, throwing fireworks, attacking emergency service workers, and hoax calls, is serious and could impact your future. If you end up with a criminal record it will limit your career and employment prospects and some countries won’t allow you to visit if you have a criminal record.

The consequences are:

  • Deliberately starting fires or making a hoax call could receive a £5,000 fine or 6 months in prison
  • You can face up to two years in prison for attacking firefighters
  • If you put someone’s life in danger by starting a fire, you could be sentenced to life in prison
  • We work closely with the police and will press charges against any anti-social behaviour


Our Fire Investigation Team are dedicated to finding those who deliberately start fires

Never put yourselves in situations that may be dangerous. Think about the consequences of what could happen and how you and others may be affected.

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour, you can use LiveChat or online reporting at You can also call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

To report unofficial bonfires on public land please contact your Local Authority.