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 could limit your career and employment prospects and some countries won’t allow you to visit if you have a criminal record.

The consequences are:

  • You can face up to two years in prison for attacking firefighters
  • If you deliberately start a fire or make a hoax call (PDF, 1.6MB)*, you could receive a heavy fine or 6 months in prison
  • 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

*This document is older than 2018 and so out of scope of accessibility regulations. However we will be reviewing all our leaflets in due course.

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

Never put yourself 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 through Greater Manchester Police. You can also call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

To report unofficial bonfires on public land please contact your local authority.