Alcohol Public Spaces Protection Order

The council had made designated public places orders (DPPOs) to control the drinking of alcohol in nine public places in July 2006, using powers then available to it under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

The council has now brought in a replacement PSPO to ensure the council and its partners continue to be able to take action to reduce the problems arising from under-age drinking, public drunkenness, and alcohol related violence.

The PSPO gives police officers (or an authorised person) discretionary powers to require anyone to stop drinking and allows them to confiscate alcohol or containers of alcohol from people they believe are consuming or about to consume alcohol in public places where the PSPO is in effect.

The PSPO does not make it an offence to consume alcohol in the specified areas. But it does make it an offence to consume alcohol in this place when asked not to by a constable or authorised person. It also makes it an offence to refuse to surrender any alcohol or container for such alcohol when asked to by a constable or authorised person.

Breach of the PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence, for which a fixed penalty notice of not more than £100 may be issued (maximum court penalty: £500).

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