More powers to tackle Langwith anti-social behaviour

Police have new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Langwith area.
Police have new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Langwith area.

New orders bring brought in by Bolsover District Council will give auhorities more power to target anti-social behaviour.

The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced on Tuesday, March 1 and covers parts of Langwith and Whaley Thorns, and gives both the council and police the ability to enforce bans of alcohol consumption, littering and urinating in public.

The move follows a number of reports in the area over a prolonged period about nuisance behaviour, street drinking and large groups congregating and causing intimidation, noise and anti-social behaviour.

New conditions are now in place on people suing pubic open spaces, which include:

- No consumption of alcohol.

- Not to be in possession of unsealed vessels containing alcohol.

- No urinating.

- No littering.

- Not to congregate in groups of three or more people causing, or likely to cause, nuisance or anti-social behaviour.

- Not to make excessive noise which causes nuisance or anti-social behaviour.

Police officers and council officers can give on the spot fines of up to £100 to anyone found to be breaching the conditions, or even a conviction and fine of up to £1,000 in court.

Langwith falls within the boundaries of both Derbyshire Constabulary and Bolsover District Council, and Nottinghamshire Police and Bassetlaw District Council, but the organisations are working together to make sure the order is as effective as possible.

Sergeant Mark Church, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood policing teams which cover the Shirebrook and Scarcliffe areas, said: “Local residents have told us that they are concerned about anti-social and nuisance behaviour. This order will not only give us additional powers to target the issue, but also send a clear message that the police and local councils are working hard to make sure anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“We are also currently making use of the powers set out by a PSPO which is already in place in Shirebrook, and officers have issued more than 20 Fixed Penalty Notices since it started three months ago. ”

Signs have been put up in the area with the details of the order, which lasts until the end of February 2019, but could be extended for a further three years if necessary.

Further details about the order, and a map of the area affected, can be found on the Bolsover District Council website: www.bolsover.gov.uk.

To contact the Scarcliffe or Shirebrook Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police or emailbolsover.neighbourhoods@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.

You can also follow them on Twitter: @ShirebrookSNT.