Alcohol Control PSPO


Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) are one of a number of new powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour must be unreasonable and persistent or continuing in nature.

In 2017 Flintshire County Council introduced an Alcohol Control Public Space Protection Order in Flintshire.  The Order lays out a small number of prohibitions to help control anti-social behaviour in public spaces that is brought about by excessive alcohol consumption in those places.

The prohibitions are:

(a) any person who, without reasonable excuse, continues drinking intoxicating liquor in a public area within the Restricted Area when asked to stop by an authorised officer, commits an offence.
(b) any person who whilst in a public area within the Restricted Area, without reasonable excuse, fails to surrender any intoxicating liquor in their possession when asked to do so by an authorised officer, commits an offence.
(c) an authorised officer who imposes a requirement under Article 4(a) and/or 4(b) above must tell the person that failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the prohibition and/or requirement is an offence.
Any breaches would result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice to the person failing to comply with the prohibition.

The Order covers the whole of the Flintshire County area.

To report concerns please contact North Wales Police online or telephone 101 .