Public Spaces Protection Order success in Countesthorpe

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) introduced in Countesthorpe has proved a success and has been part of a reduction in anti-social behaviour.

The order came into force on 15 July 2016 for a period of six months, and was brought in to reduce the rising number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported to Leicestershire Police and Blaby District Council.

A multi-agency partnership operated during the PSPO, which included increased police patrols in the area and activities including sports sessions, boxing taster sessions, street based youth work and the BB19 Youth Bus.

Beat Officers noted a significant reduction in ASB incidents during the six-month period, including over the Halloween/Bonfire night period.

The positive impact of the order led to just four incidents being reported during the whole of November.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said:

“The PSPO was a measure which the multi-agency partnership felt necessary to make sure local residents felt safe in their village.

“Thanks to the Community Services team and Leicestershire Police the last six months have been a success for both authorities and residents of Countesthorpe.

“We know that the vast majority of young people are impeccably behaved, and the order ensured we were able to deal with those who were tarnishing the reputation of Countesthorpe youngsters.”

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

“This order has enabled us to reduce incidents involving a very small minority of young adults causing anti-social behaviour in Countesthorpe.

“We would especially like to thank the vast majority of young people who have followed the PSPO while it has been in place, and enjoyed spending time with friends outdoors without causing any disruption to the local residents.”

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach said:

“The multi-agency approach to addressing anti-social behaviour problems in the area has clearly been effective, and part of that approach was the introduction of the PSPO.

“On behalf of local residents I’m pleased to see the significant reduction in incidents and hope that sustainable solutions are now in place as we move forward.”

Residents of the district who want to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour can contact the police non-emergency number on 101.

Anonymous reports can also be made to Blaby District Council via 0116 272 7677 or www.blaby.gov.uk/asb.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]
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