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Ashfield District Council continues to get tough on crime

Wednesday 26 September

 

Ashfield District Council’s policy on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour continues.  From next week, Ashfield District Council will extend its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This comes after feedback from residents across the District.

The order has been extended for a further three years and will enable the Council to continue to take preventative or enforcement action in public places on a number of issues.

A key addition to the Public Space Protection Order is the power to ‘move on’ individuals who are behaving anti-socially.

This would enable Ashfield District Council to take preventive or enforcement action with individuals engaging in anti-social behaviour who fail to move on when asked to do so, resulting in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued or court proceedings. 

Having worked in close partnership with Nottinghamshire Police, the ‘direction to move on’ was recommended as an inclusion to this PSPO.

Councillor Christian Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Crime Prevention and Community Safety said: “The Council is determined to use all the powers at their disposal to deal with anti-social behaviour and crime. This is a huge issue across our District and we will lead the fight against crime and deal with the causes of it.

“It is vital that we continue to have the power to take action on anti-social behaviour issues and the extension of the order will ensure officers can keep public spaces clean and nuisance free.

“By adding the power to move on any trouble-causers, our officers will be able to ensure our town centres are a safe and pleasurable place in which to work, visit and shop.”

The Council’s Community Protection Officers, along with the Police, will be authorised to take appropriate and proportionate action in relation to this Public Spaces Protection Order.