The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 gave Local Authorities and the Police new powers to deal with anti-social behaviour.
PSPO’s are designed to focus on the impact that anti-social behaviour is having on local communities and legitimate users of public spaces.
North Lincolnshire Council, after consultation with the public, has put in place the following prohibitions in specific areas.
- Failing to stop drinking or to surrender alcohol after having been required to do so by duly authorised person (authorised person being a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or a Council Officer) in the areas outlined in blue on Map A & B
- To retain the requirements of the Dog Control Order to prohibit a single person having more than four dogs in their sole charge
- To retain the requirements of the Dog Control Order to exclude dogs within enclosed children’s play areas and other designated sites such as schools
- To retain the requirements of the Dog Control Order to immediately remove dog faeces left by any dog which at the time the person is in charge of or responsible for
- Loiter, lodge or beg in the street or ask persons whether known or not for any item including but not limited for money, cash, change or food, or sit directly outside or under any shop premise or cashpoint machine within the area outlined in blue on Map A
- A person is prohibited from riding a motor bike, quad bike or mini moto in a manner deemed by an authorised person to be anti-social and they reasonably suspect that person is causing or is likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to any other person within North Lincolnshire
- Any person is prohibited from peddling goods within the area outlined in blue on Map C
A breach of a PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence. A person found guilty of an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 (currently £1000).
An enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice (currently £80 or £50 if paid within 10 days) is the most appropriate sanction, this would, if paid, discharge any liability to conviction for that offence. If not paid within the timescale, however, court proceedings can be initiated for the offence of failing to comply with the PSPO.
Map B - Barton upon Humber
Map C - Scunthorpe High Street