Public space protection order
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.
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.
- 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.
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- "Salford Council tries to outlaw swearing at the Quays". ITV News. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
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- Public Spaces Protection Order for Knightsbridge
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