Public spaces protection orders

Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) were brought in under section 59 to 65 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They specify an area where activities are taking place that are or are likely to be detrimental to the local community's quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

They are designed to ensure the law abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.

Behaviours that may trigger a public spaces protection order

Any nuisance or antisocial behaviour that impacts on a community may trigger the issuing of a public spaces protection order, or be included in such an order.

The PSPO targets persistent antisocial behaviour that has a detrimental impact on others including:

  • begging for money, food or drink
  • possession, supply or use of intoxicating substances
  • behaviour likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to others
  • leaving unattended belongings, baggage and bags

Engaging with those committing antisocial behaviour

Our approach towards people committing antisocial behaviour is always to:

  • work positively with them
  • give advice and encourage them to access help and support services
  • work closely with our partner agencies and faith groups to get them support

Where advice and support is not effective or ignored and a person’s antisocial behaviour persists, verbal then written warnings are given. Issuing a fine is our last resort, where all other measures have not worked.

Public spaces protection orders in Poole

We have three public spaces protection orders in force:

These PSPOs are intended to control antisocial activities, such as street drinking, begging, drugs, antisocial behaviour which impacts on residents and visitors and is detrimental to their quality of life.

Penalty for breaches of a public spaces protection order

It is an offence for a person, without reasonable excuse, to:

  • do anything that they are prohibited from doing by a PSPO (other than consume alcohol)
  • fail to comply with a requirement to which they are subject under a PSPO

Breach of a PSPO is an offence subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or prosecution where a person guilty of such an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone.

This is also liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale. If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.

Authorised persons from the Borough of Poole and Dorset Police can enforce the PSPO.

Page last updated: 03 August 2018
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