Following a public consultation, the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the Westvale area of Kirkby has been extended for a further year.
The order was originally introduced in November last year and since then, the police and council have worked with wider partners to increase visibility in the area and ensure that the needs and the concerns of the community in respect of anti-social behaviour and criminality are addressed.
The order has also delivered a number of outcomes including arrests for public order offences, violence, possession of controlled drugs as well as taking firearms and knives off our streets following a number of drugs warrants executed and open land searches conducted.
Partners have also engaged with 19 anti-social behaviour perpetrators and their parents who have each received warning letters outlining the condition of the Public Space Protection Order and been warned as to their future behaviour, as well as providing support and diversionary activities.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said:
“Following the success of the Public Space Protection Order we consulted with local businesses and residents who overwhelmingly supported the extension of the order. This is just one tool we are using to ensure our neighbourhoods are safe and we will continue to take robust action against those who behave anti-socially in our area.”
What does the order cover?
The order prohibits a number of activities in the designated area including:
· Individuals or groups causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person.
· A person being verbally abusive to another other person in the restricted area.
· A person using or threatening to use violence against any person within the restricted area.
· Drinking alcohol where a person is causing, or is likely to cause, nuisance and/or disorder.
· The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes and mini motos.
· The wearing of face coverages to conceal a person’s identity.
· Carrying any form of unauthorised graffiti on any surface within the restricted area.
How will the order be enforced?
The order will be enforced by an Authorised Person, which could be a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or council officer.
The Authorised Person can request for a group to be dispersed, for example, and failure to comply with instruction or evidence of the behaviour outlined in the PSPO will be recorded as an offence and a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued, which is a fine of £100 if paid on time, however this could result in a fine up to the value of £1,000 upon conviction.
It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone and a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued upon breach. This is also liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale (£500). If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.
Providing community reassurance
Knowsley’s Local Policing Superintendent Clare Jenkins added:
“I welcome the extension to the Public Space Protection Order in Westvale and we will continue to work in partnership with the local community, council and other areas to build on the successes over the previous year.
“I want to reassure all our communities that we are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and clamping down on those people responsible.
“We will continue to listen to communities and work with our partners to act on their concerns. I would encourage people to keep providing information so that we can continue to take positive action.”
When will the order run until?
The order has been extended until 26 November 2019.
How can I get more information?
If you have any information about crime in your local area, you can contact the police on 101 (999 in an emergency), Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or you can report non-urgent crime to Merseyside Police’s social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or www.facebook.com/MerPolCC, email COMMCEN@merseyside.pnn.police.uk or via the force’s website.