Street drinkers fined day after anti-social behaviour clampdown launched

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

Street drinkers have been slapped with on-the-spot fines the day after a clampdown on anti-social behaviour launched.

Police and council enforcement officers have issued three separate fines of £100 to people caught drinking in the area surrounding Dagenham’s Broad Street.

Launched on Monday, the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) aims to tackle spitting, boozing, urinating and threatening behaviour.

“The PSPO scheme has already began to see results,” said Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety.

“We don’t need to see anti-social behaviour anywhere in the borough, but we won’t hesitate to tackle the small minority who continue to make people’s lives a misery if we do.”

The maximum fine for breaking a PSPO order after conviction is £1,000, with the offender risking a criminal behaviour order.

Fines are reduced if settled within two weeks.

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