William Eichler 10 January 2018

Council to introduce PSPO to fight ‘verbal and racial abuse’

Richmondshire council is set to introduce an order banning groups of youths congregating in Colburn after more than 200 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported.

Over the last nine months residents have reported numerous incidents of underage drinking, verbal and racial abuse, intimidation of younger and older people, as well as other examples of anti-social behaviour.

The district council’s Corporate Board is expected to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) when they meet next week which will give police and council officers the power to move groups on or fine them for unruly behavior.

‘Multi agency problem solving groups have been working in the area for some time and local people have been asked for their views on the issues – and the proposed PSPO is thought to be the best way forward,” said council leader Yvonne Peacock.

‘We do not take introducing such a radical measure lightly – but we must do something to protect the local community and the quality of their life.

‘By imposing conditions through the order we can give the police and our council officers more powers to disperse the troublemakers – and impose fines when the order is breached.’

The PSPO, made under powers granted by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, will ban groups of three or more youths under the age of 17 from congregating and behaving anti-socially.

Councils have been criticised in the past for using these powers to target people unfairly against the homeless, dog walkers and small gatherings in public places.

To counter this abuse, the Government last month issued new guidance around the use of PSPOs designed to provide local authorities with ‘greater clarity’ on how best to use them.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Health Care Assistant - A1 Home Care - Chelmsford

Essex County Council
£10 - £11 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting A1 Home Care to recruit Health Care Assistant for their home care service based in Chelmsfor England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Administration Officer

The Coal Authority
£19,137 to £21,264
To apply please click the Apply Now link below. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Recuriter: The Coal Authority

Programme Assistant

City of York Council
£11.37 per hour
We are WorkwithYork and we are working with our client to find a Programme Assistant working with the Homes for Ukraine project. York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

IT Security Manager

City of Bradford MDC
£42,614 - £47,665 pa
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic IT Security Manager Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Recovery Support Worker x 3

Wakefield Council
£12,963.50 - 14,113.00
We are seeking to appoint suitably skilled, motivated and caring recovery support workers Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Wakefield Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.