A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force in Addlestone Town Centre on 4 June 2018.
Repeated reports of anti-social behaviour in Addlestone Town Centre led to the Council's belief that this is detrimental to the quality of life of the local community. As part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, a PSPO allows local authorities to deal with nuisances or problems in a defined area that are considered to be detrimental to a community's quality of life.
The PSPO enables Runnymede Borough Council to impose restrictions in a particular area with the aim of stopping individuals, or groups, committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.
The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date.
The list below outlines the prohibited behaviours that are addressed as part of the PSPO.
a. An authorised person where they reasonably suspects, may request that a group of three or more within the restricted area acting in such a manner as to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person immediately disperse and not return to the restricted area within 48 hours.
b. An authorised person may request a person to dismount if they are cycling, skateboarding, hover-boarding or using similar devices within the restricted area where they reasonably suspects that the person is riding in a malicious and/or dangerous manner as to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person within that area.
c. A person is prohibited from wearing face coverings in an attempt to conceal their identity to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person; this includes scarves, balaclavas and masks. This would not include face covering worn in respect of religious or cultural beliefs.
The PSPO means that a person will commit an offence if they fail to comply with a request by an authorised officer to cease any of the controlled behaviours within the specified area. Breach of the PSPO could result in either a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued, or prosecution.
For more information about the Addlestone Town Centre PSPO, please email email@example.com