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Public Spaces Protection Orders

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gave local councils the power to make orders called Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). From March 15 2019 there will be a new Public Space Protection Order in place across Crawley.

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

A PSPO can target a range of behaviours and can prohibit specified activities or require certain things to be done by people engaged in certain activities. They can send a clear message that certain behaviours will not be tolerated, and help reassure residents and businesses that unreasonable conduct is being addressed.

Restrictions on car cruising from 15 March 2019

The new PSPO aims to prohibit car cruise activity and associated vehicle related nuisance.

How will the Order be enforced?

Authorised Police and Council Officers have the authority to issue fixed penalty notices for PSPO’s.

What happens if the Order is ignored?

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 (not exceeding level 3) up to £1000.

A copy of the Public Spaces Protection Order can be downloaded from the Crawley Borough Council Website. Visit

Restrictions on drinking alcohol: transfer to PSPO from 20 October 2017

In 2006, we made a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) to address disorder in the town related to alcohol consumption.  This Order made it an offence within the borough to fail to surrender alcohol to a police officer or an officer accredited by Sussex Police if requested to do so.

Section 75 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 specified that any DPPO in force on 20 October 2017 would from then on be treated as a PSPO.

The Order will be in force for 3 years from 20 October 2017, but it can also be varied or extended during that time. If it is varied or extended, the information on this page will be updated.

How this Order can be enforced

Now that this Order is treated as PSPO, authorised Council officers (in addition to police officers) can now require a person not to consume alcohol in breach of the Order. Both police officers and authorised Council officers can require a person to surrender anything in a person’s 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.

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