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Public Space Protection Order

The protection of our residents is a key priority for the Council and while Stockton-on-Tees continues to have the lowest recorded crime and anti-social behaviour rate in the Cleveland Police area, we have faced challenges around our town centres.

Following a public consultation the Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Stockton Town centre and Norton Village to help prevent anti-social behaviour for aggressive begging and street drinking.

The Public Space Protection Order gives our Civic Enforcement Team and the Police greater powers to tackle these problems as breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and can be dealt with by issuing a issuing a £100 fixed penalty notices (FPN) or prosecution.

The Public Space Protection Order came into effect on 3 April and will last for three years.

If you would like to make a report or find out more please contact the Civic Enforcement team on 01642 528439 or

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