District council introduce new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Exmouth and Sidmouth


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Powers to tackle antisocial behaviour in Sidmouth town centre have been introduced.

The district council’s new public space protection order (PSPO) came into force on June 6 and applies along The Esplanade and in Market Place, Dove Lane, Prospect Place and King’s Lane.

The measures supersede an existing order for the town and cover drinking alcohol, as well as the possession of intoxicating substances.

Under the legislation, authorised officials will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of £80. Restrictions have also been put in place in Exmouth after a request by the town’s police team to tackle urinating and defecating in public, aggressive begging and antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Tom Wright said:

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“We are all working together to keep Exmouth and Sidmouth safe and to prevent members of the public feeling intimidated by the behaviour of a small minority of people.”

Police will be able to request individuals hand over substances can disperse groups.

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