Leeds City Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the area of ‘Nowells’, Harehills, Leeds 9 effective from 26 September 2018 until 25 September 2019.
Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police have taken this decision following concerns from residents and the community around ‘criminal damage’, violent crime’ and ‘anti-social behaviour’.
The council has applied the ‘test’ for a PSPO, this being: - the behaviour being restricted has to:
- be having, or is likely to have, a detrimental (harmful) effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- Be persistent or continuing in nature; and
- Be unreasonable
The prohibition term imposed by this PSPO is:
Person(s) within the Exclusion Zone will not: be in groups of two or more and engage in anti-social behaviour likely to cause nuisance or annoyance to any other person in a public space.
Failure to comply with an order can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a maximum fine of £1000.
Before introducing this Public Space Protection Order, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police carried out statutory consultation as set out by the Home Office.