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Dartford Council cracks down on anti-social behaviour with town PSPO

PUBLISHED: 13:15 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:15 06 December 2017

Dartford town centre

Dartford town centre

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Anti-social behaviours including street drinking, littering, urinating and acting in a threatening manner are being tackled in Dartford town centre.

The council’s new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has come into force, covering the centre’s streets, car parks, parks, recreation grounds and children’s play areas.

Anyone breaching the PSPO may find themselves receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100, or being taken to court, which can result in a fine of up to £1,000. The order will be enforced by Kent Police officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and authorised local authority officers such as park rangers. Councillor Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “Dartford town centre remains a very safe place to live, work and visit, and we want to keep it that way. The PSPO has been brought in to give us some additional powers to tackle behaviours that are inconsiderate and offensive to decent people who simply want to enjoy our town.”

The PSPO will clamp down on actions including using motor vehicles to cause a nuisance at night; “inconsiderate” consumption of alcohol and other intoxicating substances; littering, urinating or defecating in public places; and swearing, shouting or acting in a threatening manner, or in a way which causes alarm, harassment or distress to others.

Officers have the power to order the surrender of open alcohol containers and any items which may assist in the taking of intoxicating substances (for example nitrous oxide, often known as laughing gas).

Further details of the PSPO – including a map detailing the affected areas – can be found at the council’s website: dartford.gov.uk/getinvolved.

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