PSPOs are one of a number of powers introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community.
Why impose restrictions?
- A PSPO is designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the area.
- The behaviour must be persistent or continuing nature and must be unreasonable.
- A PSPO is not a ban on drinking alcohol and the powers do not intend to disrupt peaceful activities for example, families having a picnic in a park with a glass of wine. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request from a Police Officer, Police Community Support Order or authorised Local Authority officer to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a designated area.
What happens if I breach the order?
A person found to be in breach of the Order will be liable to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 or to a maximum penalty of £1000.00 on summary conviction.
Following a consultation exercise, the orders have been reviewed and are due to come into force on 15th October 2023 and will be reviewed in three years time, 2026.
Until then, PSPO’s are in place but only apply on the request of a Constable.
Where are restrictions in place?
The orders and list of restricted streets can be seen below: