Fines possible as Exmouth town centre behaviour order introduced

PUBLISHED: 13:15 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:30 24 July 2017

Area covered by the new Public Spaces Protection Order in Exmouth. Image EDDC/Ordnance Survey. ©Crown copyright 2017 Ordnance Survey. Media 064/17

Area covered by the new Public Spaces Protection Order in Exmouth. Image EDDC/Ordnance Survey. ©Crown copyright 2017 Ordnance Survey. Media 064/17

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New measures aimed at cracking down on antisocial behaviour in Exmouth town centre, including drug taking and aggressive begging, have come into force.

The public spaces protection order (PSPO) has been introduced by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to target behaviour including possessing and ingesting or intending to ingest intoxicating substances, including alcohol, urinating and defecating in public, aggressive begging, and behaving in a way ‘likely to cause harassment or intimidation’.

The order has been introduced at the request of Exmouth police, who said there were 135 reported incidents of antisocial behaviour of this type in the town centre between September 2015 and September 2016.

The order applies to a large area of the town centre, including the Strand, the Magnolia Centre, Exmouth Railway Station, Manor Gardens, and Madeira Walk.

The council says a person observed in breach of the PSPO is liable to receive a fixed penalty notice of £80. The alternative is to take enforcement action at magistrates court.

Police officers will be able to enforce some of the requirements of the orders at the time of the incidents. Initially this will include providing advice to the offenders and asking them to surrender substances or move on.

Councillor Tom Wright, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “The introduction of this order is an excellent example of the partnership working that our environmental protection team carry out with the neighbourhood policing teams.”

The PSPO will remain in force for three years at which point it will be reviewed, amended and renewed as appropriate. There is potential for other areas to be included in some or all of the controls if evidence of a persistent problem is provided by the police.

The council says areas covered by the orders have been clearly signed and members of the public affected by or concerned about any of the behaviours described should call police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

More information is available on EDDC’s website at eastdevon.gov.uk/public-spaces-protection-orders-pspos/.


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