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Crack down planned on antisocial behaviour

Safer Streets
A public space protection order (PSPO) to tackle street drinking and antisocial behaviour is set to be introduced in Croydon town centre by December 18th.

The order, which is designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space, follows a six week public consultation period during which 93% of respondents told the Council they were in favour of a ban on anti-social behaviour and 91% supported use of a PSPO to ban street drinking.

The area covered by the order will include, High Street, North End, London Road, East Croydon station, Queens Gardens, Park Lane, George Street and Sumner Road.

Breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence that can be dealt with either by way of a fixed-penalty notice of £80, or prosecution (over 18s only).

A total of 739 respondents took part in the consultation which ran from August 30 to October 15 in which people were asked if their enjoyment of the town centre had been affected by people drinking alcohol and/or behaving in ways that cause harassment, harm or distress – such as taking drugs or threatening others.

Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “Tackling antisocial behaviour is a key priority in our Community Safety Strategy and this PSPO is just one way that we are using our powers to ensure that everyone feels safe in their town centre. We are working with the police and the BID to improve safety in the town centre safety and to help stop inappropriate and inconsiderate behaviour that affects everyone’s enjoyment of the town centre.”

PSPOs were created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in order to replace some existing legislation and introduce wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. 

The order will replace the existing controlled drinking zones. 

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