Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council have launched a consultation on introducing a public space protection order (PSPO) across the borough. The PSPO would address alcohol related anti-social behaviour that can occur in public open spaces.
“Anti-social use of alcohol can be a concern in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area. The opportunity to use new powers to tackle this are very welcome. As a council we strive to work with our partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour at every opportunity, the ability to use new powers to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour is very welcome” Rachel Jackson, Communities Manager, NBBC
Evidence demonstrates that alcohol can be a factor in anti-social behaviour and violent crime, making people fearful of using certain areas or enjoying the night time economy. Therefore it is important to ensure that the council uses the legislation it has available. The order means that if PCSOs, Police Officers, Council Officers or their authorised representative believe a person is consuming or intends to consume alcohol in a public place and is likely to, or has caused disorder, they can require them to stop and confiscate alcohol whether the drinking vessel is opened or not. Anyone failing to comply with this request could be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice Where relevant, officers, or authorised representatives may signpost individuals to alcohol support services.