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Anti-social behaviour

Public Spaces Protection Orders

We can issue a public spaces protection order (PSPO) to deal with a particular nuisance or problem within the borough.

We may do this when behaviour in an area is:

  • Unreasonable
  • On-going
  • Harming the quality of life of those in the community

A PSPO sets restrictions on how an area is used. These restrictions apply to everyone and make sure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Current PSPOs

Car cruising

Authorised police and council officers have the authority to issue fixed penalty notices for PSPOs. It is an offence for a person to engage in any activity prohibited by PSPOs. Any person found guilty is liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100. If it is not paid, they may be taken to court and fined up to £1000.

It is an offence for a person to engage in any car cruising activity prohibited by the PSPO.

Alcohol consumption

Authorised council officers (in addition to police officers) can require a person not to consume alcohol in breach of the order. Officers can require a person to surrender anything in their possession which is, or which the officer reasonably believes to be, alcohol or a container for alcohol. The officer can dispose of anything surrendered to them. 

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a request by an officer to either stop drinking or to surrender their drink may be guilty of a criminal offence, and is liable, upon prosecution, to a fine of up to £500.

It is an offence to fail to surrender alcohol to a police officer or an officer accredited by Sussex Police if requested to do so.