A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is a new power introduced under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which identifies the public place and prohibits specified things being done in the restricted area and/or requires specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that area.
A PSPO will come into effect in Kidderminster on 28th August 2015. View leaflet.
The intention of the PSPO is to tackle street drinking and related nuisance behaviour in Kidderminster Town Centre by providing police, police community support officers and council officers (where designated) with certain powers.
Officers can request people to stop drinking alcohol in the designated public places and ask to surrender their drink. If people refuse they can be issued a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 and a maximum of £1000 up on prosecution.
It should be noted that a PSPO is not an outright ban on street drinking. It is not an offence to consume alcohol in a public place; the offence is failing to comply with an officer’s request within a designated PSPO area. Where there is no PSPO in operation, it is not an offence alone to refuse to surrender alcohol, although any related anti-social behaviour can give cause for arrest.