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Public space protection orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (often called PSPOs), were introduced in 2014.

They sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally.

Councils understand how anti-social behaviour can blight the lives of people in their local communities, with those affected often feeling powerless to act.

Councils have a key role to play in helping make local areas safe places to live, visit and work. Tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be a high priority for councils and their partners across the country.

Councils know which issues affect their communities the most, and are well placed to identify the broad and cumulative impact that anti-social behaviour can have and how best to respond.

Public Spaces Protection Orders were introduced in 2014. They sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally. They are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.

They are not about stopping the responsible use of the night-time economy, or preventing young people from seeing their friends - but they do provide councils with another tool to help deal with persistent issues that are damaging their communities.

Councils can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities, and/or require certain things to be done by people engaged in particular activities, within a defined public area.

Sunderland's first Public Space Protection Order was effective from Monday 3 April 2017.

This is a 3 year order covering the following prohibitions:

Alcohol control - Police and authorised officers have the power to confiscate alcohol in a public space excluding licensed premises where they believe it is causing or is likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

Begging - restricts any person engaging in anti-social/nuisance behaviour whilst begging. Begging includes any passive and active methods, including but not limited to, non-verbal signs, hand held out, written notice, or verbal attempts to exhort, press, pressure, urge the giving material help, assistance, food or money.

Bin Raking - restricts any person engaging in bin raking. Bin raking is the searching and taking of any items whatsoever from rubbish bins, bags or items clearly left to be disposed of or belonging to another.

Street Trading and Peddling - restricts any person engaging in anti-social/nuisance behaviour whilst street trading.

Dog Control - prohibits dog fouling and provides for exclusion of dogs from play areas and dogs on lead by direction.

Skateboard and Cycles - prevents the anti-social use of skateboards, cycles and stunt cycles causing damage to property, or nuisance or annoyance to one or more persons.

Psychoactive Substances - restricts any person eating, drinking, inhaling, injecting, smoking or otherwise taking any psychoactive sbstance in a public place.

Breach of a PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence.

External Links

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: Public Space Protection Orders

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