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Community Protection Notices (CPN)

This notice can be used for a wide range of behaviour from littering to noise nuisance or graffiti. It is intended to address  the behaviour of persons aged 16 or over, business's or organisations where the committing of anti-social behaviour is spoiling the community’s quality of life.

A CPN can be issued by council officers, police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs). Grounds for issuing a CPN include instances in which an individual's behaviour:

  • has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • is unreasonable and
  • is of a persistent nature.

The notice will list the following requirements:

  • to stop doing something specified and/or to do some specified action
  • to take reasonable steps to achieve a specified result - this will be aimed at either

For example, where a dog was repeatedly escaping from its owner’s back garden due to a broken fence, the owner could be issued with a notice requiring that they fix the fence to avoid further escapes and also, if appropriate, ensure that the owner and dog attended training sessions to improve behaviour (if this was also an issue).

Breaching a Community Protection Notice is a criminal offence. An appeal against a notice can be made to a Magistrates Court within 21 days from the day the notice was issued. If you believe the notice is unreasonable, the conduct did not take place, it is not persistent and/or has not had detrimental effect on the quality of life within your locality you may wish to contact the Magistrates Court.

If you are concerned about any of the above do not hesitate to contact the officer who issued the notice, details of which can be found included alternatively contact the Community Safety Admin Support team on 01623 457345.