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More powers to tackle antisocial behaviour

Council strengthens powers to deal with antisocial behaviour in North Lincolnshire

11 October 2017

North Lincolnshire Council is to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order in Scunthorpe and Barton from 20 October 2017 to ensure residents feel safe and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

This follows a six-week public consultation that took place 11 August to 22 September 2017 that showed overwhelming support for the introduction of the Order that will give the council and its partners the power to support vulnerable people and target those who continue to be a nuisance in Barton and Scunthorpe.

The Order will replace the current prohibitions including Dog Control Orders and Alcohol Restrictions.

Council officers who currently have powers to carry out enforcement will be able to enforce the Public Space Protection Order (licensing officers, environmental health officers and community wardens).

The Order is made up of several prohibitions:

  1. Failing to stop drinking or to surrender alcohol after having been required to do so by a duly authorised person (authorised person being a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or a council officer) in the areas outlined [PDF, 529Kb].
  2. To retain the requirement of the present Dog Control Order to prohibit a single person having more than four dogs in their sole charge.
  3. To retain the requirements of the present Dog Control Order to exclude dogs within enclosed children’s play areas and other designated sites such as schools.
  4. To retain the requirements of the present Dog Control Order to immediately remove dog faeces left by any dog which at the time the person is in charge of or responsible for.
  5. A person is prohibited to loiter, lodge or beg in the street or ask persons whether known or not for any item including but not limited to money, cash, change or food, or sit directly outside or under any shop premise or cashpoint machine within the area outlined in blue on Map A .
  6. A person is prohibited from riding a motorbike, quad bike or mini moto in a manner deemed by an authorised person to be anti-social and they reasonably suspect that person is causing or is likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to any other person within North Lincolnshire.
  7. Any person is prohibited from peddling goods within the specified area. 

Designated officers will provide a range of support, education, engagement and enforcement, depending on individual circumstances.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We want residents to feel safe in their community. Irresponsible anti-social behaviour such as street drinking is unacceptable and we are keen to stamp it out. We have ambitious plans for our town centre and know there are unscrupulous characters seeking to extort money from shoppers, an issue we will also deal with.”

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First Published:11 October 2017