»

Public Spaces Protection Orders in the Torridge district

On 23 April 2018 Torridge District Council introduced 2 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

A Dog Control PSPO has been introduced under the Anti social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014 to provide a more flexible and effective system for controlling dogs within Torridge. This replaces our Dog Control Orders introduced in 2013

This Dog Control PSPO gives us control in relation to:

  • A person responsible for any dog must pick up any faeces left by the dog at all times

  • A person responsible for any dog must keep it on a lead in certain areas.

  • A person responsible for any dog must put the dog on a lead when directed to do so by an Authorised Officer of the council, this applies throughout Torridge;

  • A person responsible for any dog must not enter land from which dogs are excluded.

     

 

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to control anti social behaviour and the prohibition of alcohol consumption in public spaces has been introduced under the Anti social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014 to provide a more flexible and effective system for controlling anti social behaviour within Bideford and replaces our Designated Public Places order (DPPO), introduced in 2010

This PSPO gives Torridge District Council and Devon & Cornwall Police control in relation to:

  • Any person who, without reasonable excuse, continues consuming alcohol in any of the restricted areas when asked not to consume alcohol by a Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer or an Authorised Council Officer, commits an offence.

  • Any person who, without reasonable excuse, whilst in any of the restricted areas, fails to surrender any open vessel(s) of alcohol in their possession at the request of a Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer or an Authorised Council Officer, commits an offence.

  • Any person within any of the restricted areas whose behaviour is reasonably perceived to be anti social, aggressive and / or intimidating to any member of the public commits an offence.

         

The Penalty

A person guilty of any offence under these Orders is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding levels 2 or 3 on the standard scales or a fixed penalty notice of £100. If a Fixed Penalty Notice is not paid, you may be prosecuted for the offence.