£100 penalty for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives -

Coun­cil of­fi­cers could soon be able to give out £100 on-the-spot fines to an­ti­so­cial res­i­dents.

The new pol­icy would give au­tho­rised Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) of­fi­cers the pow­ers to is­sue fixed-penalty no­tices in is­sues of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Ash­ford has the low­est level of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the county, with just 1,207 in­ci­dents in 2014/15.

That is the equiv­a­lent of 15.40 in­ci­dents per 1,000 peo­ple. The Kent av­er­age is 27.37.

The £100 penalty is the max­i­mum level per­mit­ted by the Anti-so­cial Be­hav­iour, Crime and Polic­ing Act 2014.

Cllr Brad Brad­ford, port­fo­lio holder for high­ways, well­be­ing and safety, said: “There is the need to con­tin­u­ally im­prove and pro­vide mech­a­nisms which pro­vides ex­tra de­ter­rent.

“Set­ting the fixed-penalty no­tice fine at the high­est level will clearly sig­nal our po­si­tion on en­force­ment and achieve this.

“Fly­tip­ping con­tin­ues to be a con­cern in the bor­ough and, while fig­ures for these crimes aren’t rep­re­sented in the po­lice’s fig­ures, coun­cil of­fi­cers with the del­e­gated pow­ers will be able to help catch cul­prits.”

The pro­pos­als are due to be dis­cussed at a cabi­net meet­ing tonight (Thurs­day) at which mem­bers are ex­pected to ap­prove the plans.

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