31.01.23 – PSBO in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards
Written by Hitmix Local News on 30 January 2023
Revised public space protection orders (PSPO) have been introduced in Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre and Queen Elizabeth Park to help Staffordshire Police tackle anti-social behaviour.
The orders, granted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, gives officers enhanced powers to disrupt activities that have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the areas. This includes persistent activities that are likely to be considered unreasonable.
The updated orders will be in place for another three years and will prohibit an increased number of activities, including Littering, abusive language, Congregating in groups of three after being asked to disperse, Open cans or bottles of alcohol, Graffiti and Obstructing alleys and stairwells
Those who are found to be deliberately breaching the orders can be subject to a fine of up to £100 under Section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Public Space Protections Orders are used to target those who persistently cause distress to local communities and allow Police to work closely with partners to identify those responsible and ensure appropriate action is taken.
Chief Inspector John Owen, of the Newcastle local policing team said: “We are very proud of our town centre and want it to be a safe, enjoyable and thriving place for businesses and residents.
Cllr. Gill Heesom, Cabinet member for community safety and well-being, said: “The Council works closely with multi-agency partners, including Staffordshire Police, on a daily basis to maintain public spaces as pleasant, safe and welcoming places for all.
“It has the power to restrict how people behave in specific areas in order to reduce, or prevent, anti-social behaviour and crime. Public space protection orders aim to deal with particular problems that are having a detrimental effect on people’s quality of life. They are one of many powers available to the police to address unwanted and negative behaviour.
“The Council has had orders in place for Newcastle town centre and Queen Elizabeth Park for several years now. They’re reviewed and updated on a regular basis, following consultation with residents and visitors, to make sure they’re still relevant and fit for purpose.”
Councillor Gill Heesom with Robbie Benson
More than 40 of the county’s best tourism and hospitality businesses will go head-to-head at the ‘Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards for 2023’.
Over 95 entries from across Staffordshire have been whittled down for the next stage, which includes a potential mystery visit from the independent judges, to help decide the overall winners in 19 different categories. The results will be announced live at an awards event in March.