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Penalties for bad behaviour

Slough Borough Council has enacted a new legal order that will give the council and the police greater power to curb anti-social behaviour in public places across the town.

The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which came into force on 13 October, prohibits a range of activities including street drinking, going to the toilet in public, and spitting.

The PSPO allows officers from the council and Thames Valley Police to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 or take offenders to court to face a heavier sentence.

A conviction for breaching the PSPO could carry a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “The residents of Slough have a right to expect their local neighbourhoods to be clean, and provide a decent standard of living for the people who live there.

“We’ve listened carefully to the concerns of our residents and studied four years of data from the council and emergency services to identify the areas that would benefit most from a PSPO.

“Council officers and the police are often best placed to deal with lower-level, anti-social behaviour and this order will give them greater powers to act.”

The PSPO was implemented after a consultation with residents in July, which showed positive feedback on its use.

This will be the first time Slough has used a PSPO to cover significant areas of the borough since the tool was introduced by the government in 2014 as part of a major overhaul of anti-social behaviour laws.

PSPOs combine and expand on the powers of previous anti-social behaviour orders, such as Designated Public Place Orders (more commonly known as ‘no drinking’ zones) and gating orders.

The PSPO will cover nine areas of the borough. Some parts of Cippenham, where there was little evidence to justify using a PSPO, have been excluded.

Detective Chief Inspector Nikki Pierce, of Slough local police area’s senior management team, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Slough Borough Council and the community safety team to tackle anti-social behaviour which has an immediate and long-lasting effect on people’s quality of life.

“Together we will use this order to stamp out unacceptable behaviour in the borough, helping to keep our public spaces safe, clean, and pleasurable to live in.”

Residents can expect to see areas covered by the PSPO clearly signed, including details of the offences, and the penalties that can be incurred.

To see the full list of streets included, as well as maps and a copy of the order, visit the council's website.

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