Public Spaces Protection Order set for July launch in Countesthorpe

Countesthorpe gatewayA Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be in place in the village of Countesthorpe from the end of this week, in response to an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Blaby District Council and Leicestershire Police will introduce the order on Friday 15 July 2016; and will initially be implemented for six months, with a review after three months. 

Teams from the Community Safety Partnership consulted with 250 people across the village, with 95% supporting the idea of the PSPO’s introduction.

Over 50% of those who responded to the consultation felt there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour, and had concerns about the problem.
The restricted areas will prevent young people aged 10-17 from:

  • Gathering in groups of more than four people (Restrictions will not apply where crowds are unavoidable, including school journeys or at a bus stop)
  • Behaving in a way that is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress
  • Being in the possession of, or consuming alcohol
  • Using, possessing or supplying any intoxicating substances including psychoactive substances

Any breach of these conditions could lead to formal action being taken by the Police or the Council in the form of a Community Resolution or even prosecution.

Inspector Dan Eveleigh, Neighbourhood Policing Area Commander for Hinckley and Blaby, said:

“We hope this order will reduce the number of incidents of anti social behaviour and will help those local residents and shop owners whose lives have been seriously affected by this problem.

“I will be ensuring there are extra patrols in the area, as well as having more officers able to respond should we receive any reports of young people causing anti social behaviour in the restricted areas and use the additional power where and when appropriate.”

Blaby District council will be working with its partners to provide activities for young people during the summer holiday period, including the BB19 Youth Bus.

 Councillor Lee Breckon, Joint Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said:

“The multi-agency partnership has worked together to ensure that this Public Spaces Protection Order has been appropriately consulted and implemented.

“We want to make sure that our residents feel safe in the area in which they live.”

Public Space Protection Order Zones

Residents who want to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact the police non-emergency number on 101, report anonymously to Blaby District Council via 0116 272 7677 or www.blaby.gov.uk/asb.

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