Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mayor's Plans to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mayor's Plans to Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour

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Byline: JAMES CAIN Local democracy reporter james.cain@reachplc.com @JIMMYMCAIN

The TS1 postcode NEW measures could be used to tackle anti-social behaviour under plans unveiled yesterday.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has already pledged to crack down on crime and other bad behaviour ahead of his election last month.

Launching his campaign, Mr Preston said he would emulate schemes as introduced in Barking in Dagenham which has introduced fines of up to PS1,000 for people caught "peeing in the street, spitting in the street or throwing rubbish in the street".

Now he has revealed how he intends to go about it - by using measures which were introduced by the government to deal with those who cause problems for others.

Under his planned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) anyone carrying out an activity which has, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of others locally can be given a fixed penalty notice of up to PS100.

Mr Preston has said he would like to see the first of these covering the TS1 area - with more to follow if they are found to be successful.

Residents and businesses are now being asked for their views on the mayor's plan to introduce the order in the central Middlesbrough area.

A statement from Middlesbrough Council said: "The orders give greater powers to tackle a range of issues in a specific area such as begging, cycling on pavements and other forms of disorder.

"The measures will build on the recent increase in the number of street wardens equipped with bodyworn cameras, and an increase in the number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued for a range of offences."

Mayor Preston said: "Residents and businesses are sick to death of a rising tide of crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We need to take rapid and positive action now to make streets safer and reassure decent people. …

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