Alcohol consumption Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act to deal with any nuisances or problems in a particular area that affects the local community's quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
The PSPO for alcohol control came into effect on 1 May 2018 for a period of three years. The PSPO for alcohol consumption replaces the previous Herefordshire (Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places) orders.
On 3 July 2019 the PSPO for alcohol consumption was varied adding new areas of The Knapp in Bromyard, the Cemetery in Leominster and amending the area for Ross-on-Wye.
A PSPO has the force of law. If you ignore it you can face a fixed penalty fine or prosecution.
The PSPO for alcohol consumption imposes restrictions to:
- Require a person(s) not to consume alcohol in a designated area
- Require a person(s) to surrender alcohol in his/her possession
The PSPO for alcohol consumption gives the police and other designated officers additional powers within the designated areas to tackle street drinking where it is having a detrimental effect to those in the locality.