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Date set for introduction of PSPO

A date has been set for the introduction of new powers to stamp out bad behaviour in the centre of Middlesbrough.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be introduced to the TS1 area to outlaw a host of acts from Tuesday, November 26.

Urinating and defecating, drinking alcohol, begging, dog fouling, bin raiding, spitting and cycling on pavements will all become offences subject to a fine.

Fines are to be used as a last resort and set at a level that encourages positive behaviour change.

They will be set at £25 rising to £50 if payment is not received within two weeks while non-payment could result in an appearance at Magistrates' Court and a fine of up to £1,000.

A formal 28-day notification period has now begun following months of consultation on the proposals made by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston.

The PSPO consultation process began informally in June with Middlesbrough Council receiving 451 responses to the idea with 95% of people identifying troubling issues.

Subsequently a formal consultation was launched in July which received 804 responses with 94% in favour of the introduction of the PSPO.

The Mayor said the PSPO would be part of a raft of changes being introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour and to support the most vulnerable.

The Street Warden service is due to increase by 24 new wardens in the coming weeks and both Street Wardens and Neighbourhood Safety Officers are being trained in issuing Fixed Penalty Notices, while Street Wardens are now wearing body-worn CCTV cameras and two Community Enforcement Vehicles are patrolling Middlesbrough's streets.

"Months of work is coming to a conclusion and what we will see when our new Street Wardens come in will be bad behaviour being punished," said Mr Preston.

"We are determined to do even more to help vulnerable people get their lives on track, at the same time we will not tolerate bad behaviour."

More information can be found on the PSPO page.