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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.

Proposed new alcohol consumption PSPO

We are proposing a new alcohol consumption PSPO to start when the current order expires in October 2020. The proposed PSPO will cover the same area and have the same restrictions as the current PSPO, however both the police and authorised council officers will be able to enforce the new PSPO.

A copy of the proposed PSPO can be found in related documents below.

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

A police officer 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 if requested to do so.