£1,000 fines could be handed to yobs and street drinkers in Northampton

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Certain public spaces in Northampton could be protected from street drinking and loud behaviour if the borough council approves plans to fine louts up to £1,000.

Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet will meet next week to discuss proposals for new powers to address anti-social behaviour in Northampton’s public places.

The authority will consider whether to apply Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to certain areas in the town, which can restrict drinking, loud noise and dogs that are not a on a lead.

Breaching an order could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or a prosecution with fines of up to £1,000 on conviction.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Anti-social behaviour is something that impacts the lives of many people across Northampton and we are committed to doing all we can to create safer and happier communities through the Community Safety Partnership.

“Cabinet will now have the opportunity to discuss the potential to introduce Public Space Protection Orders and how they could further benefit the town by providing greater powers to deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively.”

Enforcement of the Public Space Protection Orders would be shared between the borough council and Northamptonshire Police, including officers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

Cabinet is expected to make a decision on the introduction of PSPOs at the meeting which will be held in public on Wednesday, October 21, at The Guildhall.