New pow­ers to take on an­ti­so­cial be­hav­ior

DRINK­ING, DRUGS AND BEG­GING TAR­GETED

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pub­lic Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Or­ders ( PSPOs) for Alder­shot and Farn­bor­ough were launched by Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil, Safer North Hamp­shire and Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary.

The or­ders, drawn up by Rush­moor fol­low­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion ear­lier this year, give po­lice and coun­cil of­fi­cers greater pow­ers to is­sue spot fines for be­hav­iour that has or could have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the com­mu­nity.

Sig­nage has now been in­stalled in ar­eas around Alder­shot and Farn­bor­ough town cen­tres, defin­ing the re­stric­tions and penal­ties un­der the new or­ders.

The PSPOs out­law drink­ing al­co­hol, us­ing psy­choac­tive sub­stances, uri­nat­ing and defe­cat­ing in pub­lic places.

They also ban loi­ter­ing, which has a dual def­i­ni­tion of caus­ing nui­sance in­clud­ing with the in­tent to beg and caus­ing ha­rass­ment, alarm and dis­tress.

The or­ders will re­main in place for three years, al­though that pe­riod can be ex­tended if prob­lems with an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour per­sist.

Fur­ther de­tails of the or­ders, in­clud­ing maps of ar­eas cov­ered by the PSPOs, are avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site at www. rush­moor. gov. uk/ PSPO.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Muschamp, cab­i­net mem­ber for safety and reg­u­la­tion, said: “The PSPOs have strength­ened our abil­ity to deal with the cur­rent is­sues we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in our town cen­tres.

“They give the coun­cil and the po­lice the chance to re­spond more flex­i­bly to the worst kinds of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“The time for ex­cuses is over. Th­ese prob­lems can no longer be tol­er­ated.”

Chief In­spec­tor Deb­bie Brooks, Rush­moor and Hart dis­trict com­man­der for Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary, wel­comed the new pow­ers.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of PSPOs gives us and our part­ners an­other tool for tack­ling an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in Alder­shot and Farn­bor­ough town cen­tres,” she said.

“We know that peo­ple who en­gage in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour are of­ten hard to reach with com­plex needs. We have worked hard to ad­dress th­ese is­sues.

“But where peo­ple con­tinue to en­gage in an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, we will take ac­tion. Th­ese new pow­ers will help us with our goal to make our town cen­tres safer.”

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