Antisocial behaviour (sometimes called ASB) can be anything that causes a person or a group of people to feel seriously annoyed, alarmed, harassed, or distressed.
The Council is a member of the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership. This is a group of organisations including the police, fire service, other local authorities, probation service as well as other statutory and voluntary organisations that work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to control behaviours which are having, or are likely to have, a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. PSPOs apply conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
Before an order is made, there needs to be some form of consultation with the public, the local police, and where necessary the land owner, about which an order is being made.
Several orders under s.59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 were made by South Hams District Council on 14 December 2017. The orders came into effect on the 1 January 2018.
The orders were made following public consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders. This was carried out with the Parish Councils and local Police in the spring of 2017.
The orders will replace the earlier alcohol designation orders, and following complaints about anti-social driving and ball games around Kingsbridge Quay, two new orders to control this behaviour were also introduced.
Copies of the orders can be found on the right hand side of this page and maps showing the various areas covered can be found at the bottom of this page.
Anybody whose behaviour doesn't obey the details of this order, without a reasonable excuse, is committing an offence and is likely, if convicted, to receive a fine (not larger than Level 3 on the standard scale) or may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, up to £100.
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