New pow­ers to stop ‘feral kids’ plagu­ing club

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - STU­ART GREER

COUN­CIL chiefs have ap­proved new pow­ers to stop `feral young peo­ple’ tor­ment­ing a sports club.

Poyn­ton Sports Club has en­dured many years of mis­ery in­clud­ing groups of up 40 peo­ple de­scend­ing on the grounds, con­voys of boy rac­ers, ver­bal abuse and in­tim­i­da­tion, and the use of cannabis and le­gal highs.

The club spent thou­sands of pounds on CCTV, se­cu­rity fenc­ing and even brought in a Mos­quito noise maker - but noth­ing has worked.

Now a Pub­lic Space Pro­tec­tion Or­der’ (PSPO) will give po­lice, PCSOs and coun­cil of­fi­cers the power to is­sue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 for any of the fol­low­ing: speed­ing, driv­ing in con­voy, rac­ing, per­form­ing stunts, sound­ing horns, play­ing mu­sic, revving en­gines, wheel spins; us­ing foul or abu­sive lan­guage; us­ing threat­en­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour; ex­ces­sive noise; caus­ing dam­age or risk of dam­age to prop­erty; cre­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic nui­sance.

The PSPO, which comes into force on May 1, will also al­low po­lice to per­form checks on ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions and iden­tify those in­volved.

Gra­ham Ed­munds, chair of the club, praised the help of Cheshire East Coun­cil, Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil and Cheshire Po­lice for help­ing to get the or­der.

He said: “The sole pur­pose of this or­der is aimed at pro­tect­ing our club grounds from young peo­ple who are act­ing in a very feral and an­ti­so­cial way.

“Now that the or­der is in place we can now start to move for­ward with the last few ac­tiv­i­ties as to how the or­der can be best im­ple­mented to achieve our aims by re­turn­ing our club grounds to a place where peo­ple from our com­mu­nity want to be, in a safe en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy our fa­cil­i­ties.”

PSPOs were in­tro­duced in 2014 by the Gov­ern­ment to help coun­cils crack down on trou­ble­mak­ers.

Of­fi­cials at Poyn­ton Sports Club have been work­ing with the coun­cil to get the or­der in place since 2014.

Since that time the club has recorded more than 50 in­ci­dents of crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

At a meet of the coun­cil’s cab­i­net Coun Nick Man­nion, rep­re­sent­ing Mac­cles­field West and Ivy, said: “This is not an is­sue of chil­dren, like your typ­i­cal anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“These are young adults ar­riv­ing in cars and not your typ­i­cal eco­nomic, but cars where a lot of money has been spent on them.”

Mag­gie Har­wood held her stall at the spring fair for the last time

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