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Public space protection order

PSPO warning sign in Knightsbridge, London

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.[1] As of December 2017, there were 388 active PSPOs in Wales alone.[2]



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  2. ^ Wells, Ione (2017-12-09). "Public space orders "make innocent behaviour offences"". BBC. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  3. ^ "Public anger mounts over Hackney Council's controversial PSPO". Hackney Citizen. 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ "Newport rough sleeping ban rejected". BBC. 2015-11-25. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  5. ^ "Salford Council tries to outlaw swearing at the Quays". ITV News. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  6. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (2016-03-03). "Greater Manchester Council ridiculed for Salford Quays swearing ban". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
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  8. ^ Public Spaces Protection Order for Knightsbridge
  9. ^ Lamy, Joel (27 October 2017). "CLAMPDOWN: Thousands of fines for littering, spitting and cycling on Bridge Street in Peterborough". Retrieved 2018-04-13.