Council clamp down on spitting, drinking, urinating and intimidation in Dagenham streets

Cllr Laila Butt with council leader Darren Rodwell launch the PSPO. Picture: LBBD

Cllr Laila Butt with council leader Darren Rodwell launch the PSPO. Picture: LBBD - Credit: LBBD

An order clamping down on spitting, drinking, urinating and intimidation in the street came into force this morning after residents and businesses complained about anti-social behaviour.

Broad Street, Dagenham, and the surrounding area will be controlled by a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

The maximum fine for breaching the PSPO is £1,000 after conviction and the offender could be issued a criminal behaviour order.

A public consultation found 98 per cent of respondents supported the PSPO’s implementation.

Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “This is a victory for residents.

“We want to make it clear to the small minority who make people’s lives a misery that we will not stand for it.”

The PSPO will remain in effect for three years.

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The council is currently consulting on proposals for a PSPO to also be introduced to Dagenham Heathway. To take part, visit https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/consultations.