On Friday 8th December officers from Derby City Council, Derbyshire police, voluntary sector workers and members of the city centre BIDs came together to acknowledge the signing of Derby’s first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and to show their commitment to ensuring that Derby is a safe place to visit this Christmas.
All partners are committed to working together and this show of strength highlighted the strong partnership working across the city and showed the people of the city our commitment to make Derby and safe and clean place to enjoy.
PSPO is a new power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The order was signed after the public consultation run through November showed overwhelming public support as well as support from many partners and local businesses. The conditions of the order prohibit, the consumption of alcohol in public places, public urination and defecation, loitering if causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour, using a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle in a public place in a manner which causes a nuisance or annoyance, begging and ingesting, inhaling, injecting, smoking or otherwise using intoxicating substances in a public place.* Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence. It can result in a FPN of up to £100 or a fine of £1000 if it goes to prosecution.
Cllr Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said:
“Derby is a great place to visit and has so much to offer. There are many fantastic shops, restaurants and bars as well as the ice rink and Christmas market. We want people to come here and enjoy them all safely.
“We are very aware of the issues in the city centre and we take them extremely seriously. The Council and its partners have been working hard to improve safety in the city centre. This has resulted in significant improvements. The PSPO will provide an additional tool alongside the effective work that we have been delivering.
We will continue to work tirelessly with partners across the city to combat them. We want to support our vibrant city centre whilst setting clear boundaries for unacceptable behaviours and this order will help us do that. I’m proud of the way all agencies in the city have come together to tackle what are very issues, that are often a consequence of national policy decisions.”
Inspector Lauren Woods, who is in charge of policing in Derby city centre, said: “We are committed to playing our part in keeping Derby city centre a safe and pleasant place for people to visit, work and live.
“The Safer Neighbourhood team works hard to ensure that those behaving in a criminal or anti-social manner are dealt with in an appropriate manner, either through the judicial system or supported by our partners to address the issues that lay at the cause of their behaviour.
“We welcome the introduction of the PSPO as it gives us and those we work with, more powers to deal with some of the anti-social behaviour that affect those using the city centre.”
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire said: “This Public Space Protection Order is one in a series of measures being implemented as part of a strong partnership approach to tackling issues such as begging, homelessness and antisocial behaviour in the City Centre. I welcome the PSPO and will watch its effectiveness with great interest as I believe it will provide the police with the powers they need to take action against repeat offenders in the City Centre.
In a joint statement, both Derby BIDs welcomed the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders across the city centre.
Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter, and Helen Wathall, chair of St Peters Quarter said: “It is clear that we all share the common goal to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour – particularly when fuelled by alcohol and substance misuse.
“PSPOs will further support the work of Derbyshire Police, Derby City Council – both of whom are the designated agencies with the delegated enforcement powers – and of our own Ranger teams who are an additional and welcome uniformed presence on the streets to improve the visitor experience to both BID areas.”
*See below for full wording of the order
DERBY CITY COUNCIL – PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER
- No person shall consume alcohol in a public place (excluding licensed premises) in a manner which causes a nuisance or annoyance to other persons in the locality
- No person shall urinate or defecate in a public place (excluding public toilets)
- No person shall loiter in a public place, either as an individual or in a group, if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour. If asked to disperse by a Police Constable, PCSO or an authorised officer of the Council, that person must not return to the public place for a period of 24 hours.
- No person shall use a skateboard, scooter, or bicycle in a public place in a manner which causes a nuisance or annoyance to other persons in the locality
- No person shall beg (using either active or passive methods of obtaining alms) or ask members of the public for money in a public place
- No person shall ingest, inhale, inject, smoke or otherwise use intoxicating substances in a public place, excluding alcohol, tobacco or prescription medicines. Intoxicating substances are substances with the capacity to stimulate or depress a person’s central nervous system.