New Public Space Protection Orders to combat anti-social behaviour in Derby

04/02/2022

A series of new Public Space Protection Orders have come into force from January 17th 2022.

A PSPO gives the Council a more formal way to tackle specific anti-social behaviours such as dog fouling in a defined area. The new PSPOs allows the Council to issue fines for breaching the PSPO.

The new PSPOs will help give those authorised officers of the council to combat anti-social behaviour and crime in a new way. This will include prohibitions on the below:

  • Consuming alcohol in a way that which causes nuisance or annoyance to other people in the area.
  • Urinating or defecating in the City Centre (excluding public toilets).
  • Loitering in the City Centre either as an individual or as a group if they are causing anti-social behaviour.
  • No person shall beg (using either active or passive methods of obtaining alms) or ask the members of the public for money.
  • Ingesting, injecting, inhaling, smoking or otherwise using intoxicating substances (excluding alcohol, tobacco or prescribed medicine).

There is also another PSPO coming into effect on January 17th 2022 alongside the orders mentioned above that will address the issue of dog owners allowing their dogs to foul on certain land. This order will stretch beyond Derby City Centre to Mickleover, Chellaston, Spondon and Allestree. The offences will be:

If a dog defecates at any time on land that the person who is in charge of the dog does not own and at the time fails to remove the faeces from the land forthwith, that person shall be guilty of an offence
A person in charge of a dog on land shall be guilty of an offence, if, at any time, they do not comply when an Authorised Officer of the Council asks them to produce a device for or other suitable means of removing dog faeces and transporting it to a bin.

A PSPO gives the Council a more formal way to tackle specific anti-social behaviours such as dog fouling in a defined area. The new PSPOs allows the Council to issue fines for breaching the PSPO.

These Public Space Protection Orders are the latest actions taken to help reduce anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder in Derby. Recently the Public Protection Team has relocated to Riverside Chambers in the heart of Derby City in order to be closer to where they are needed most. By taking these steps, we can help create a safer Derby for everyone.

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