Public space protection order
It has been suggested that this article be merged into Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. (Discuss) Proposed since May 2018.
A public space protection order (PSPO) is an order which bans specific acts in a designated geographical area in the United Kingdom as set out in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It replaces the earlier Designated Public Place Orders, Gating Orders and Dog Control Orders.
PSPOs are intended to prevent specific acts which would not otherwise be criminal offences. They have been criticised as restricting freedoms and having a disproportionately severe effect on people below the poverty line. As of December 2017, there were 388 active PSPOs in Wales alone.
Research by The Manifesto Club found a 420% increase in PSPO fines from 2016 to 2018. In 2018 there were 9,930 fines issued, 60% of which were from four councils: Peterborough, Bedford, Hillingdon and Waltham Forest. These four councils use private contractors to issue the fines.
- Hackney Council attempted to introduce a PSPO which would have banned rough sleeping. A similar ban was proposed in Newport.
- Salford City Council introduced a PSPO covering Salford Quays, which bans acts including using foul and abusive language.  This has been interpreted as a response to football fans.
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea introduced a PSPO "to address the excessive level of noise nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk or harm or injury caused by motor vehicles to members of the public" in Knightsbridge.
- Peterborough City Council introduced a PSPO to ban littering, spitting and cycling in specific roads in the centre of Peterborough.
- Kettering Borough Council enacted a curfew banning individuals under 18 from going outside alone between 11pm and 6am.
- "Public Space Protection Order - What you need to know" (PDF). Bristol City Council. June 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
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- Public Spaces Protection Order for Knightsbridge
- Lamy, Joel (27 October 2017). "CLAMPDOWN: Thousands of fines for littering, spitting and cycling on Bridge Street in Peterborough". Retrieved 2018-04-13.
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