Offender convicted for breaching Kettering’s PSPO
Man banned from begging in Kettering and Wellingborough
On Tuesday 20th March, Wayne Standing was convicted for a breaching Kettering’s Public Spaces Protection Order and issued a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), at Northampton Magistrates Court.
Mr Standing had been involved in persistent begging within localised areas in both Wellingborough and Kettering. Standing would often target the elderly in car parks, stopping people leaving their cars without payment and becoming aggressive when challenged. He was issued a CBO preventing him from begging or soliciting money, or using foul and abusive language to cause harassment, alarm or distress to members of the public in the boroughs of Kettering or Wellingborough. Breaching the CBO will result in up to 5 years imprisonment, on conviction.
The PSPO prohibits begging, soliciting money, or alcohol consumption in a public place anywhere within the borough of Kettering. 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. Since 2017, 35 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued by PCSOs and Environmental & Parking Wardens; some offenders have been issued with more than one FPN. Of these, only three individuals have paid the fines. Twelve offenders who did not paid the FPN have been prosecuted in court, fined and received a Criminal Behaviour Order. There are currently three cases currently waiting to go to court for further breaches.
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.”
Sergeant Scott Little, from the Northamptonshire Police Safer Community Team, said: “Northamptonshire Police and Kettering Borough Council have worked closely since the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced in Kettering and have conducted a number of joint patrols to target aggressive begging in the Town Centre. The Criminal Behaviour Orders issued for breaching the PSPO give the police and council further powers to deal with problems associated with street drinking and begging, and are an important tool in helping us deal with this type of anti-social behaviour in our town.”