New order to target antisocial behaviour in Sefton

Merseyside / December 08

Sefton Council is set to issue a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and build safer communities.

The order, served in partnership with Merseyside Police and Merseyside Police Crime Commissioner, will cover The Marian Square and the wider Netherton Area.

PSPOs are designed to ensure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from crime and Anti-Social behaviour. The order will also help to improve the quality of life in local communities through the prevention of problems or nuisances that would have a detrimental effect on the area.

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, said: “I am very pleased that this joint action is being taken. The Public Spaces Protection Order now issued for the area in and around Marian square is a great example of the measures the police and local councils can use to tackle serious and organised crime and anti-social behaviour.

"I hope it brings some relief to the ordinary decent people who live in the area or who work in the Square."

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “As a council we have a commitment to putting our residents first and creating safe communities across the borough.

“Unfortunately our strong and vibrant neighbourhoods in Netherton have been disturbed by a number of anti-social behaviour incidents and a growth in organised crime.

“The PSPO will help tackle the issues taking place in our communities but most importantly the only impact it will have on the majority of our residents is a positive one.

“I would also like to thank Merseyside Police who will be providing vital assistance in serving the order.”

The order will be enforced by both Merseyside Police and Sefton Council and the order will establish the following prohibitions:

  • Not to be in possession of a motor vehicle without licence, insurance, helmet, M.O.T. 
  • Head and Face not to be covered by hoods or any other face coverings save for specific items of personal clothing which reflect the individual’s cultural values 
  • Multi-Purpose Vehicles’ not to be driven in an anti-social manner which may cause harassment, alarm or distress to other persons 
  • Dispersal powers to disperse groups of 2 or more where evidence of ASB exists 
  • Not to ignore Police/PCSO/ASB Officers in line of their enquiries 
  • Not to use threatening, abusive language that would cause harassment, alarm or distress to the public 
  • Do not to engage in conduct that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person that is deemed as Anti-Social as outlined in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014 
  • Parents of youths under 18, who are found to be in breach of the Public Spaces Protection Order, will be financially responsible for paying any fixed penalty notice, which will be £75, or Court fine up to a maximum of £1,000, together with legal fees and costs. 

Merseyside Police Sefton Area Superintendent, Paul White, added: "We hope to work closely with the community to ensure Marian Square remains a safe and welcoming place for all and hope that by implementing the Public Spaces Protection Order we can encourage less anti-social behaviour.”

Sefton Council will now work closely with Merseyside Police and other partners to ensure the safe implementation and observation of the order.

For more information on the PSPO or the areas that are covered by it, please visit Sefton Council's anti-social behaviour page.