Joint partnership working helps enforce Kettering’s PSPO

Published: Thursday, 17th November 2016

Police and Council team up to reduce anti-social behaviour in town centre

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which came into force on Monday 25th July 2016, has seen the start of successful enforcement against anti-social behaviour in Kettering. The order covers the town centre and adjacent residential areas to the north and east. 

Since its introduction, Northamptonshire Police and Kettering Borough Council’s Environmental Wardens have teamed up to patrol the PSPO area and have been advising and educating local businesses and the community. In recent weeks the Police have issued six Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), five for street drinking and a sixth for begging. One person has been issued with two FPNs. 

Council Officers are in the process of building prosecution files for those that have failed or refused to pay the £80 fine and, where appropriate, we will be seeking Criminal Behaviour Orders on the back of any conviction in the Magistrates’ Court. Environmental Wardens are working with the Police to identify those that have committed offences within the PSPO to lead to further prosecutions. 

The PSPO is set to remain in place for three years and allows Northamptonshire Police and authorised local authority officers to manage the following:
a) Control of commercial or charity collection, or soliciting for money in the street.
b) Consumption of alcohol on street
c) Those under 18 in the area 11pm - 6am.
d) Driving/ using a car in an anti-social manner
e) Obstructing the highway/or loitering
f) Anti-social parking
g) Unauthorised distribution of printed material/leaflets
h) Use of Skateboards, bicycles and scooters
i) Begging on the Street
j) Foul and abusive language

Northamptonshire Police’s Sergeant Nathan Murray said: 
“The PSPO is proving to be an important and useful tool, helping us provide an appropriate and robust response to anti-social behaviour issues in the town. It gives the police, supported by the local authority, the relevant powers of enforcement needed to tackle the issues specific to the local area and we will continue to work closely with Kettering Borough Council to make our community a safer, more pleasant place for anyone who visits, lives or works in our town. 

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 
“The PSPO gives powers of enforcement to allow us to tackle issues that are particularly relevant to Kettering town centre. The Council, together with Northamptonshire Police, are seeking to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: 
“The PSPO is a relatively new tool that is already enabling us to address any issues that may arise in and around the town centre. This is about taking joint responsibility for our town centre, whilst also allowing people to enjoy it in the way they would want.”