Repeat offender convicted for breaching Kettering’s PSPO

Published: Monday, 22nd January 2018

On Tuesday 9th January, Paul Hughes was convicted for a breach of his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) and a Public Order offence, at Northampton Magistrates Court.

Hughes was originally issued a CBO in March 2017 for violating Kettering Borough Council’s Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), along with 9 other individuals. The CBO prohibits alcohol consumption in a public place anywhere within the borough of Kettering. However, at Meadow Road Park in July, a Kettering Borough Council Environmental Warden caught Hughes drinking cider and acting in a threatening manner.

Hughes pleaded guilty to both offences and received the following sentence:
12 month Community Order
6 month Alcohol Treatment Order
15 RAR days 
£85 victim surcharge (to be consolidated with other fines)

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.”

Kettering’s PSPO came into force on 25th July 2016, covering the town centre and adjacent residential areas to the north and east. Police and Kettering Borough Council’s Wardens have been enforcing it tirelessly in order to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour, such as street drinking and begging. 10 individuals were given Criminal Behaviour Orders in March 2017 with another 2 convicted in November 2017.