Antisocial behaviour crackdown proposed in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 09:42 02 February 2017

Flowers in the Exmouth Manor Gardens.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9928-17-14SH

Flowers in the Exmouth Manor Gardens. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9928-17-14SH

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An increased area of Exmouth town centre is set to be covered by a new order aimed at preventing antisocial behaviour in public.

The proposed Public Space Protection Order would make it an offence for people to ingest any intoxicating substance, including alcohol, urinate or defecate, aggressively request money, or cause intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress.

If approved, the order would apply to: The Strand and the surrounding area, including Manchester Street, Manchester Road, Elm Grove, Chapel Hill, Queen Street, Tower Street, High Street, and Rolle Street; The Magnolia Centre and the surrounding area, including The Parade, Crudges Lane, Market Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, Margaret Street, the London Inn car park and Lower Fore Street; Station car park and the surrounding area, including the commercial vehicle park, the sports centre grounds, Marine Way and Imperial Road, The Manor Gardens, and The Plantation and surrounding area, including Bath Road, the Pavilion grounds, Gunfield Gardens and Madeira Walk.

This would supersede an existing order, preventing public drinking in The Strand and Manor Gardens.

Anyone in breach of the order could be handed an £80 fixed penalty notice, payable to East Devon District Council.

The proposed order is due to be considered by the council’s cabinet at its meeting next Wednesday.

A report to the cabinet states: “There were 135 reported incidents of antisocial behaviour of this type in the area in the year September 2015 to September 2016. There have been reports of the public use of legal highs, drinking alcohol excessively, urinating in public, smashed bottles and aggressive begging as well as aggressive behaviour.”

“There have also been issues with litter and evidence of drug paraphernalia.”

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