SOUTH Ribble Council have new powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour across the borough

The West Paddock-based authority will use Community Protection Notices to enforce against a wider range of anti-social behaviours taking place across the borough.

The CPNs were introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as an intervention and enforcement power.

They can be issued to individuals, businesses or organisations responsible for anti-social behaviour affecting a community.

CPN’s are available to local authorities to tackle behaviours that cause distress and impacts on a locality that may be more difficult to tackle using other legislation.

The use of a CPN can help prevention of continued offending and increasing levels of anti-social behaviour.

The use of such notices has proven to be effective, with one neighbouring authority reporting that of the 78 CPNs issued, only seven had led to a prosecution.

Councillor Paul Foster, Leader of the Council said, “This is a great initiative which will strengthen our enforcement powers to help tackle anti-social behaviour across the borough.

“The use of CPNs has a proven track record and we are confident that the council’s use of the notices will allow for our officers working with our Local Neighbourhood policing teams to have a tougher enforcement process, hopefully reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour.

"The introduction of the CPN’s are a real step toward that and I am in full support.

“South Ribble is a wonderful place to live and it’s our utmost priority to make our communities safe.

"This is just the beginning - Community Safety is high on our agenda and already we are looking to meet with the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss even more ways forward to help keep our communities safe.”

Prior to a CPN, a Community Protection Warning must have been issued.

A CPN can be issued to any person over 16 years of age or to the most appropriate person for a body, such as a business.

If an individual cannot be identified, a CPN can be served on premises providing that reasonable enquiries have been made, including land registry searches.

The penalties attached to a breach of a CPN incudes a fixed penalty notice, which can be issued by the council as a way of discharging the breach. Alternatively, a decision may be made to prosecute.