Successful prosecution for breaching a PSPO

Posted on: 5 July 2018

North Devon Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for breaching a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which deals with public drinking in areas such as Market Arches, Ifracombe.

The case was heard at North Devon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 3 July 2018. Mr Hans Ellis from Ilfracombe was fined £100 with victim surcharge £30 and costs of £60. Mr Ellis did not attend the hearing, so the court heard the evidence in his absence.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “This conviction shows that the Council is serious about tackling anti-social behaviour and we will continue to work actively with the Police to enforce the street drinking PSPO.  Similar orders apply to parts of Barnstaple, South Molton, Woolacombe and Croyde and there are special signs posted in the area that is covered. We will continue to work with the police to address anti-social behaviour in problem areas, this includes taking action where necessary but also signposting vulnerable individuals to support services that are available in the district.”

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), were introduced in 2014, and sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally. PSPOs are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.

If you witness or are a victim of anti-social behaviour in North Devon, please phone 101, the police non-emergency number. On matters which might have environmental impact, including noise email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or contact your social housing provider or landlord.

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