PSPO to tackle anti-social behaviour in Chester city centre Date published: 6th May 2016 3.09pm

Extra powers to tackle certain types of anti-social behaviour in public places in Chester city centre came into effect on Monday 2 May.
The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) prevents the use of intoxicating substances, deters public urination and defecation, and restricts the consumption alcohol in any public place.
These PSPO had overwhelming public support in a recent consultation that attracted one of the largest responses ever recorded by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The PSPO, which covers the city centre and parts of Newtown and Boughton, will ensure local residents can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour.
Any person who fails to comply with the requirements of the Order is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000 or a fixed penalty notice of a maximum £100. The PSPO will be in place for a minimum of three years.
Chief Inspector Paul Williams said: “PSPOs are a relatively new tool that enables the council, working with the police, to tackle some of the challenging issues we face in the City on a daily basis.
“Having the PSPO means that it is now much easier for police officers and local authority enforcement officers to deal swiftly and effectively with those individuals whose behaviour is, frankly, unacceptable.
“We’re here for our communities and we will continue to work closely with the council to ensure that Chester, one of the most iconic cities in the region, remains a great place in which to live, work or visit.”
PSPOs were launched as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and the orders enable local authorities to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s qualify of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.