Powers over anti-social behaviour extended

Powers over anti-social behaviour extended

Powers over anti-social behaviour extended

Powers to tackle anti-social behaviour are being extended in Grimsby and across North East Lincolnshire.

Plans for seven new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to curb public drinking across the borough have been approved by the council, and will be in place until 2023.

This will allow police and council officers to issue on the spot fines of up to £100, or remove troublemakers from the area for up to 24 hours.

PSPOs have been in place in several wards across the borough since April 2015.

They have now been reviewed and extended to wider areas for minimum of an additional three years.

Councillor Ron Shepherd said:

“With pubs and restaurants unable to operate as normal because of coronavirus, it’s expected alcohol-related anti-social behaviour will be on the rise in public places.

“Recent gatherings in parks and on the beach have seen substantial amounts of alcohol waste being left behind.

“By extending our powers to combat problem drinking, we can protect residents and visitors as well revellers themselves and make sure our borough is a safe and enjoyable place to be for everyone.”

PSPOs are now in place in seven wards, including West Marsh, East Marsh, Park, Heneage, Sidney Sussex, Croft Baker and South.

Alcohol related anti-social behaviour in these areas has seen a 24.2% increase between 2018 and 2020.

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