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New powers introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour in Kirkby

Following consultation with residents and businesses, a Public Spaces Protection Order in the Westvale area of Kirkby will be introduced on Monday, 27 November 2017 for a period of 12 months.
 
The Order prohibits a range of activities taking place within the restricted area in Westvale.  The boundary of the restricted area follows the M57 from Junction 6 to the railway bridge, along
the railway track to Glovers Brow, taking in the shops on Glovers Brow, along Kirkby Row to the roundabout at Cherryfield Drive, then follows Valley Road back up to the M57 Junction 6 roundabout.
 
The activities that are prohibited includes:-
 
·       Anti-social behaviour caused by groups of people or individuals in public spaces
·       Verbal abuse
·       Threats of or use of violence
·       The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes, scramblers and mini-motos
·       Possession of goods, items or materials use for unauthorised graffiti
·       Consumption of alcohol
 
Cllr Eddie Connor, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “When we consulted with residents and businesses, over 90% fully supported the recommendation to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order in Westvale. This is just one of a number of ways, working with our partners, where we are taking robust action to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area in response to concerns raised by the local community.”
  
Local Policing Chief Inspector Tami Garvey-Jones said: “We are aware that a minority of people are causing issues for residents and businesses in the Westvale area of Knowsley. “I want to reassure all our communities that Merseyside Police is committed to tackling the issue of anti-social behaviour and clamping down on those people responsible.

“We will continue to listen to our communities and will work with our partners to act on their concerns. I would encourage people to keep providing information so that we can take positive action.”
 
The Order will be enforced by officers from Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council (known as an ‘authorised person’).  Failure to comply with a request from an authorised person will be recorded as an offence and fixed penalty notice may be issued, which is a fine of £100 if paid on time, however this could result in a fine up to the value of £1,000 upon conviction.
 
Whilst drinking in the restricted area is not an offence, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in the restricted area.  Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to £500.

If you have any information regarding anti-social behaviour in your area, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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